Go With The Flow
Houston is a fascinating city, with fascinating features and the Bayous are one of them. Water management in the city induces structural risks which have recently been confirmed by Tropical Storm Harvey.
In my observation of future events, I always use the regulatory vector and the symbolic of conceptual art.
“Go With the Flow” depicts how the stream of water is managed through the utilization of market-based tools and environmental policies. I like to depict a complex system of environmental hedging which permutes constantly and I establish a parallel with the immuability of the landscape.
The installation is staged on a table presenting an improbable dinner. Photos of a Bayou are illustrated with texts from the EPA’s Water Quality Trading tool kit. These prints are displayed under golden rods surrounded by Spanish Moss. Silverwares and custom-made bottles filled with a glittery black liquid are displayed with the prints as attributes of this indigestible dinner.
The installation symbolizes the intricate links between environmental policies and financial tools. It also emphasizes the fine line between the regulated entities and the regulators. The disposition of the chairs is a symbolic of regulatory power and how it can be shifted.
The installation is surrounded by a set of 16 prints staging the temporality of the Bayou’s landscape. The passage of time and the condition of structural environment are illustrated by the contrast between the black and white prints and the distorted photos of the Bayou.