a field guide to bottlenecks

Field Guide to Bottlenecks was developed by Chelsea Wills and Kyle Lane-McKinley on behalf of the building collective for the Ebb & Flow Arts Festival.


Field Guide to Bottlenecks is a mobile story collecting unit that explores how people interact with place based on their experiences of it. Participants are invited to document personal reflections about the history and ecology of the San Lorenzo river by recording their responses to key questions (below) and submitting those recordings for inclusion on a map of how we think differently about the San Lorenzo River. Additionally, attendees of the Ebb & Flow Arts Festival, a project of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, are invited to listen to stories of the San Lorenzo gleaned from historical archives, while riding along with us in a custom built camera obscura, on the front of a cargo-tricycle. In these ways, we invite publics to share what they know about their waterway, and rethink what they think they know.

Learn more at http://fieldguidetobottlenecks.org



The Earth as Metaphor: Public Lecture Series

On February 13th at 4:30, as part of a public lecture series at UC Santa Cruz’s Sesnon Gallery, the building collective will host a facilitated dialogue about upper campus and the green belt, rooting UC Santa Cruz’s legacy of environmentalism in personal experiences of the campus and efforts to resist development.

The lecture series, which includes lectures by the Harrisons, Annie Sprinkle, Chip Lord, and Nina Simon, is titled “The Earth as Metaphor” and is curated by Elizabeth Stephens. For more information go to: http://art.ucsc.edu/news_events/earth-metaphor-1


finish line

performance for the opening of building

The building collective surprised participants of the art/bike ride with tiny cups of water, orange wedges and a hot pink finish line for each rider. The ride was headed to building’s grand opening at the Digital Art Research Center. Willing gallery goers left the exhibition to come help out.

photos by Nick Lally (http://www.nicklally.com/exhibitions-performances-09-11/).