A Song of Souls Along Gowanus is a collaborative animated video about water use and the Gowanus Canal.
The video stems from a series of local Shadowing Our Waterways workshops in Brooklyn centered on two federal Superfund sites: Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal. Participants visited and read about the waterways, and made puppets and poems based on their research. The images and text in the animation came from the workshops.
There was a parallel project in Cairo, Egypt, in which participants from the Jesuit Animation School studied the Nile and made a collaborative video based on their research. The Cairo and Brooklyn teams videoconferenced in July 2016 and made a collaborative drawing.
This is a But a Shadow of Myself project, facilitated by Alexandra Zevin. For more information about But a Shadow of Myself : butashadow.net/
Research and Photography:
Greenpoint and Gowanus Community Members
Gowanus Community Members
Eckford Street Studio
Gowanus Canal Conservancy
With Support from:
Song of Souls Along Gowanus and the related Shadowing Our Waterways workshops are made
possible by public funds from the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York
City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the Decentralization Program of the New York
State Council on the Arts, both administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC)