It happened in May-June of 2017 in Kansas City, MO:
TRIBUTARY -“An exploration of the Missouri River, real and metaphorical” was a month-long deep-dive series of exhibits and programs sponsored primarily* by KC’s amazing Charlotte Street Foundation with hydrologist Don Wilkison (aka M.O.I. – The Minister of Information) as chief organizer/curator. Artists and scientists presented contemporary art, current scientific research, interactive natural resource workshops and big river adventures to build understanding and appreciation of our nearby very long, complex and valuable natural resource, the Missouri River. It was an inspiring reminder of the value of collaboration across disciplines where parallel mingling of artistic and scientific approaches to problem solving include observation, experience, and intuition.
My contribution included…………
Drops in Petri Dishes represents actual places around the world where water meets land, and are “collected” in many cases from places where there is an issue such as water quality, water scarcity, or flooding. There are a few rare “drops” from places where there actually no longer is water, usually because of diversion, drought, or lack of snow-melt.
I’m continuing to add to this collection periodically with no end in sight currently. To date I have collected 125 drops.
To be clear…the collecting/finding part is fiction. “Find” means “make” though I sometimes “find” news stories which, eventually lead to a new Drop. The places depicted and abstracted are real, based on satellite mapping. I started making the drops in 2012, the petri dishes came later…the perfect frame, storage and metaphor.
I have the potential for lots of puddles in my flat files!!
*with additional funding support from Missouri Arts Council and ARTSKC.