In fairy tales, going into the woods is not something to be taken lightly.
Whether you're a sweet-toothed child stumbling upon a gingerbread house, or a
red-hooded girl encountering a carnivorous wolf, entering the woods takes you
into a tangled, tempting, maze-like space, where you must depend on your wits
in order to emerge alive.
Out Of The Woods? is an interactive maze installation devised for the Bloomsbury
Festival and Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities by Elizabeth
Dearnley and Liliana Ortega Garza. It explores ways in which fairy tales have
been used as teaching tools and morality guides over the centuries, inviting you
to navigate your way through an immersive woodland environment and create your own
Each fork in the path presents you with a moral dilemma from a fairy tale; you choose
which route to take by deciding what you want to happen next. Will you go directly
to grandmother's house? Will you give the sorcerer Fitcher the bread he asks for?
Will the choices you make allow you to escape the maze and leave the woods safely,
or will you remain trapped forever?
UCL Quad Pavilion, 24-25 October 2015
UCL South Cloisters, 13-15 November 2015