CGAS RISER Found Festival


Visual/Performance Art


  • July 09, 02:00 pm–3:30 pm


The Backstage Theatre, 84 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB, Canada

By Breanna Barrington
Approximate Runtime: 90 minutes
Location: Backstage Alley Garbage Enclosure – Meet at the Found Grounds and follow signage.

Set in a garbage enclosure behind the Arts Barns, Dig incorporates found and organic materials from the Reuse Centre, back alleys, the River Valley, and an abandoned beaver dam; telling tales of the climate crisis and the time we are living in, reflected through trash.

From the artist:
Viewers are invited to use this as an opportunity to lighten their load. Pluck something from your past and leave it with me, something that is no longer serving you in this world, something that you would like to send off to the next chapter of its life. Each offering becomes part of the collective story of a time we are all living through. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 


Thursday July 7 from 8:00pm-10:00pm and Friday July 8 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Dig‘s creator, Breanna Barrington, will be present at the performance location accepting contributions of clean, no-longer-usable things to add to the pile. Viewers are invited to contribute objects to the mound, or take away from it (no rotten or dangerous materials, please). Objects can be anything from pop cans, to broken alarm clocks, to a bag of grass clippings. Breanna will be using these materials to create a zine which will be available in a mini library made out of a microwave.

Saturday, July 9 at 2:00pm-3:30pm
There will be a performance activating the site with a 90-minute runtime. This performance is not ticketed, audience members are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to 2:00pm and enjoy the performance.

Sunday, July 10 from 1:00pm-4:00pm
You are invited to bring your own receptacle and take as much dirt from the site as you would like for your garden.

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.