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Live Feeds FeedForward Fieldwork 5: The System as Ecosystem

Friday, September 2, 2011, 2–6:30 pm


Spurse will lead a research voyage by boat to the heart of New York’s most astonishing postnatural landscape. On the Hackensack River, where comfort meets waste, we will look at what happens after heavy rains, as our rivers and bays turn into sewage outlets for human waste, dispensed through a hidden network of combined sewer outflows (CSOs). Is this merely a poorly designed holdover from another era, or a strange reality of water flows meeting human flows? On this journey we will confront how our personal comfort produces systemic (dis)comforts, as we encounter evolving critters, multispecies squatters, and others, all negotiating novel alliances toward our future ecosystems.

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Photo: courtesy Johanna Vandemoortele

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