FMA Prof. Coover is going to present at FAST FORWARD, a Design Philadelphia festival event! A lineup of presenters from various creative backgrounds will Fast Forward through 20 slides at 20 seconds each to answer one question: What’s next for Philly?
At the time, Prof. Coover, the Director of MFA Graduate Program will show The Estuary Project: Imagining the Future of the Delaware River.
October 11, 2013 at Philadelphia Center for Architecture
1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
6pm-8pm – Free and Open to the Public
More information about The Estuary Project:
TOXI•CITY, ESTUARY, and CHEMICAL MAP are three digital works that imagine the industrial port region of the Delaware River and around the industries along its tributaries in the age of climate change. The works address how industrial uses of the river, notably those of the energy industries and transportation industries, become inscribed in a visual language that ranges from geological maps to flood markers. They explore how the meanings of familiar markers change when ideas surrounding the water evolve. For example, what happens when the water is seen as a force washing salt and toxic elements inward toward the cities of the Delaware rather than a force washing toxins away. Cinematography from kayaking and walking the Delaware estuary was complemented by extensive research into environmental histories and land use. Results of this work include the film Toxi•City, which is a data-base fiction film imagining life in a future flooded landscape, and Estuary, which is an artist book compiling my observations kayaking and walking the Delaware estuary and comparing it to the Thames estuary and English channel. A third product is an interactive Website, entitled Chemical Map, which pinpoints hundreds of active petro-chemical sites and brownfields in potential flood zones of the Delaware estuary. The full resource can be found in The Estuary Project web site. The multimedia project is currently on view at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, for more information visit their web site.