Fluvial Commons


Fall 2018
Instructors: Shalini Agrawal & Julia Grinkrug
Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio (UDIST)

Fluvial Commons examines the contested shoreline of San Francisco Bay and the impacts of displacement in tidal temporalities. By intersecting various disciplinary perspectives, student-investigators are invited to delve into the layers of culture and ecology in order to reveal the enabling (or erasing) role of water in community life. How do social structures, environmental conditions, and systems of power trigger nucleation, erasure and resilience of fluvial communities? How can we engage in the moment, recognizing that these communities are fluid? Through integrative research practices and artistic expression, this course develops experimental documentation and representation methods, revealing the unique potentials of the fluvial condition.