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Burning Questions | Fire Survey by Kerri Flannigan

How to Build a Fire is an ongoing project by Struts Open Studio Artist, Kerri Flannigan. It stems from recorded phone calls with Kerri’s father, Mike, a fire scientist and has since grown to include recorded conversations with 16 people who work or have a relationship with fire.

Kerri has created a questionnaire in hopes to hear from a larger community about what ideas and questions you have about fire. While some of the questions are specifically about land based fire, others are about fire in general.

There are two ways to answer the questions:

1 ) Online – Please fill out this form:

2) In person – To schedule a 30 minute meeting with Kerri, email with subject line: Burning Questions. Alternately, take a chance and drop by during the following times:

Friday, May 12: 1-5pm

Monday, May 16: 1-5pm

Friday, May 19: 1-5pm

Monday, May 23: 1-5pm

Deadline to submit answers: May 20th, 2023


Kerri Flannigan is a settler, and interdisciplinary artist and educator based on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories (Victoria, BC), who experiments with methods of research and storytelling through installation, video, and performance.

While they’re here, Kerri is working on How to Build a Fire; a multifaceted project that explores the relationship between Kerri and their dad, a fire scientist, histories recorded within landscape, and reflections on complex relationships to the land, all through the experience of wildfire.


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