Folk Opera Lillian (aboard JUNKraft)

Dates and Times:
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011, 4 PM – 5 PM
Thursday, September 1st, 2011, 4 PM – 5 PM
Friday, September 2nd, 2011, 4 PM – 5 PM
Located at JUNKraft art installation
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Lillian tells the story of a young man kept awake by the fear that he’s watching his lover, who sleeps soundly in bed, drift away from him, becoming one of the many things he’s lost in his life. He determines that all the things we lose end up in an island of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean and in a desperate attempt to reclaim these things; he sets off on a scuba-diving journey to that island. Along the way he meets strange sea creatures, who trigger discoveries within his mind’s journey to determine how and why he began to lose Lillian. The young man’s desire for love propels him further into the night, and into a swell of events he could never have imagined.

JUNKraft is a boat built from 15,000 plastic bottles that sailed across the Pacific Ocean in 2008 to bring attention to the issue of plastic marine pollution. JUNK will be exhibited with a kiosk on plastic pollution built from waste salvaged from Hurricane Katrina.

Disposable plastic waste, a byproduct of our ignorance and overconsumption, flows from land to sea through rivers and storm drains, getting stuck in massive, oceanic current systems called "gyres". Plastic accumulates in the gyres, breaking down into smaller and smaller fragments that are eaten by marine organisms. How might this affect human health?

We have a story to tell about a better future, and want to begin by bringing this message to Black Rock City, through a resurrection of the JUNK