Julie Poitras-Santos


Julie Poitros-Santos
United States
Julie Poitras Santos’ work includes installations, performances and public projects that often involve a walking component. Also a writer, she studies areas where art and language intersect. Julie’s work has been shown widely, including exhibitions at the ICA at Maine College of Art; the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Michigan; the Centre for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona; Reykjanesbaer Art Museum, Iceland; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. She has attended residencies and created projects in the United States, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Iceland. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches part-time in the MFA program at Maine College of Art.
For more information about Julie and her works, please visit his website at juliepoitrassantos.com.

Green Is the Forest We Wander
Site Responsive Walk
Green is the Forest We Wander is a site-specific audio piece that invites the audience to walk into the forest imaginary populated by things magical and unseen. Crafted uniquely in response to Mie’s Trail, and using cues in the landscape as guides to research and poetic inscription, the work consists of a 15-minute walk through a natural preserve. Mie Preckler began creating this trail 15 years ago. The trail itself, and the subsequent environmental preservation of the setting, reveal the recuperative powers of nature as it reclaims the site of an old gravel pit.

As you wander the pathways through the woods, you listen to a hybrid essay culled from research, on-site investigation and the creation of poetic fragments. The piece invites you to dream of another time, another world, and to investigate the experience of wandering and quite possibly getting a little lost. These moments inspire the heightened awareness and creativity we must bring to our rapidly changing natural world as we move forward and “stay with the trouble” ahead.

The text is culled from many sources and is amplified and enlarged by my own writing woven within the fragments.

Thank you to Mie Preckler for her dedication to this trail and for welcoming my response to it.

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