This video work appears in Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator at Wavehill in the Bronx. (July 01 - August 26, 2018).
Since 2016, Newtown Creek Alliance has conducted biological-focused (rather than chemical contaminant-based, which is currently directed by the EPA) water quality testing, measuring levels of oxygen, bacteria, and algae as a way of understanding conditions for microorganisms and marine life, as well the general health of the creek. These tests also are markers that aid in a better understanding of combined sewer overflow discharged points (CSO), in which excessive storm water and sanitary sewage are discharged directly into the creek during torrential rain events.
Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator is organized by Wave Hill’s curatorial team, Jennifer McGregor and Eileen Jeng Lynch. "Artists are the voice of the community. Often they are one of the first to voice social concerns and the most effective at garnering grass-roots support for important issues. Not surprisingly, as communities’ concerns about persistent environmental issues have escalated, artists have been uniquely positioned to actively respond, collaborating with engineers, designers, landscape architects, ecologists, historians and other professionals to bridge the gap between science, art and activism. Wave Hill stands at the center of this shift, providing the impetus for Wave Hill’s summer exhibition that features projects by artists, collectives, and organizations that have initiated environmental projects:"