Chen Qiulin, still from The Garden, 2007, video (14 minutes, 45 seconds) - both images in this post are from the Meulensteen Gallery (formerly Max Protetch). The Garden is part of a series of haunting experimental shorts commemorating the artist’s Yangtze River hometown, Wanxian, which has been partially submerged for the Three Gorges Dam project. The video is a “critical eulogy” that
follows two workers on a pedestrian journey through a busy city, winding their way through abandoned alleys and under the eaves of a towering skyscraper in consecutive scenes. They carry bundles of vivid magenta peonies in their arms as if they bear the only remaining rays of hope in the dismal city, but the peonies are artificial. (source)
THE ALLUVIAL VALLEY
OF THE LOWER
Harold Fisk, 1944
Part of an otherwise technocratic report for the Army Corps of Engineers, Fisk’s maps of the historical traces of the Mississippi River are a wonderful suprise. Presented here are all fifteen maps, stretching from southern Illinois to southern Louisana.