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There Must be Other Names for the River

March 22, 2021

There Must be Other Names for the River is a web-based sound installation and virtual community space engaging the history, present, and potential futures of the river we currently call the Rio Grande. Viewers will be guided along the river, where they will hear the songs of vocalists emerge from points along its 1,800-mile length. Each singer works from a graphic score representing nearly 50 years of water flow data at a specific point along the river. This exhibition is paired with a virtual community space that invites the community that relies on the river to submit their own vocalization of water flow data, stories, songs, or retellings of memories and hopes for the future, stemming from their relationships with what we call today the Rio Grande. These paired digital spaces ask us to actively consider and contribute to the trajectory of this lifeline in arid lands.

This project utilizes digital technology to artistically explore our relationship with the source of life in this region. In this time of physical distancing, There Must Be Other Names for the River also reminds us that the river connects us to neighbors and ecosystems, both seen and unseen.


March 22, 2021
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