Drawing Time: making the Rio Meander Map

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Abstract

Unfolding the layered narratives interbedded in making the Rio Meander Map this essay will situate the ambitions and operations of the Land Arts 2020 ADAPTATION that became an immersive non-traveling studio and seminar to conduct the deep multi-lingual / multi-cultural research necessary to collectively create a meander map of the Rio Bravo / Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez / El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico that describes the undulating and shifting course and character of the river over time. The map will be part of a publication by the artist Zoe Leonard and poet Tim Johnson to accompany Leonard’s exhibition Al Rio / To the River. Both as form and moment this effort brings together multiple histories, authors, voices, agencies and ecologies with over fifty contributing participants and advisors. Inspired by maps Harold Fisk and team produced in 1944 of The Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi, this map tells time—as a living portrait of a persistently changing rio—in a
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)pp 73-115
JournalA/R Architecture, Research: The Line, Notes on Politics
StatePublished - 2020

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