Monday, August 4, 2008

Day 45: flowing towards a watershed

diagram of a watershed


1. a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
2. the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet
3. an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend; "the agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations"

WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

We are working on an article for possible publication about our project Extreme Media Studies in relation to the artist Chris Drury. There are many resonances in his work and our interests, including my most recent obsession, the creation and testing of nuclear weapons in the United States. Chris currently has a solo show at the Nevada Museum of Art called Mushrooms | Clouds.

An emerging core concept in our essay is circulating around the idea of shelter -how we both attempt to create certain kinds of environments (sites of "shelter") in our work.

The watershed term popped into my head thinking about the idea of "shelter". I am interested in how shelter can be experienced as a focused environment, a material place where ideas/events/materials flow together to create a concentrated zone- rather than a protected or sealed off environment. In thinking about the watershed, I realized that the kind of shelter I am interested in this context is the kind that starts with something like definition 2 and leads to something like definition 3.

Stayed tuned for more as we tighten up our piece and see where it goes...

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