03-31-16

As Pure as Driven Snow: Water Fetish

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The Nightclub, a nomadic platform for artistic practices in Miami, FL hosted, As Pure as Driven Snow: Water Fetishwhich was presented by the Urban Theory Laboratory an initiative of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program.

Snow persists in the cultural imagination as a quieting blanket under which the sleeping earth rests in anticipation of Spring’s rebirth. This “poem of the air” is water’s dance across the frozen landscape of the north. Briefly airborne, she settles to mingle with her earthbound sister elements, and joins in carrying to the sea the traces of habitation.

Seemingly alien to the tropics, yet she travels incognito to threaten the coast as sea level rise. In her guise as water she bears the dual emblems of purity and contamination, and in her feminine role she inspires possession and is objectified as commodity and utility, her beauty veiled.

This work steps into the catechresis between our water mythos and our water ethos. In her snow phase water bridges this gap, and this exhibit intends to evoke her immanent and transcendent qualities through a materialization of the experience of snow on the North Coast of the Great Lakes at the Atlantic Coast of Miami. It is meant as a provocation, questioning what it means to both possess and be possessed by water and whether there is poetic means by which her purity can overcome contamination.

Presented by Urban Theory Laboratory with Ellen Sullivan and students of the Master of Landscape Architecture program of Kent State University. Students included: Jessie Hawkins, Conner Karakul, Elliot Killen, Adrian Marti, and Reuben Shaw. Urban Theory Laboratory is a platform for design investigation and engagement with the arts community.

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