Watershed Weekend
Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2021
Columbus, Indiana
Free, open to the public

Watershed Weekend has been generously supported by Heritage Fund—The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County through a grant received from Lilly Endowment Inc.

This 2020–21 cycle of Exhibit Columbus explores the future of the center of the United States and the regions connected by the Mississippi watershed to speculate on the heartland, an ecology stretching beyond political borders—from North to South—from the Canadian Border to the Gulf, and from East to West—from Appalachia to the plains.

Watershed Weekend is a series of public events with 2020–21 Photography Fellows, University Design Research Fellow Derek Hoeferlin, and special guests from the Chicago Architecture Biennial David Brown and The Bittertang Farm, which will explore how people from across this broad ecological and cultural geography might be empowered to collectively question past methods of control and power.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Photography Fellows in Conversation with Co-Curator Iker Gil
Columbus Area Visitors Center
* Limited registration available
5:30–7:30 pm

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Hear from 2021 Exhibit Columbus Photography Fellows Virginia Hanusik and David Schalliol in conversation with Co-Curator Iker Gil, who will discuss their projects documenting parts of Columbus, the Heartland, and the Mississippi watershed from social, economic, and environmental perspectives.

Watershed Weekend will explore how people from across the broad ecological and cultural geography of the Mississippi watershed might be empowered to collectively question past methods of control and power.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Tracing Our Mississippi: Story Gathering and Field Studios
Upland Columbus Pump House
10:00 am–8:00 pm

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Join University Design Research Fellow Fellow Derek Hoeferlin and the Tracing Our Mississippi project team—architects, artists, and cultural community organizers—in a daylong series of watershed field studios. All are welcome to join one or multiple studios: Watershed Power and Story, Watershed and Creative Practice, and Watershed Illuminated.

10:00 am – Noon

Watershed Power and Story
Engage up close and personal with the Mississippi River Basin installation while learning more about the research and making of the model. Hear stories collected from across the Mississippi Watershed.

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Watershed and Creative Practice
What does it mean to trace a river? While walking the White River, participants will be brought through a process of image and story creation inspired by and building on the observation of the river terrain. Stories and images created will be added to the Mississippi Watershed Story Bank.

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Watershed Illuminated
Words and expressions created virtually and throughout the day will be collaged together in a series of multimedia projection tests. Participants will explore how language, place name, and story overlay change the perspectives of the watershed installation and our concept of place and shared waters.

Project Team

Derek Hoeferlin (Middle Mississippi/Missouri River)
Nate Stanfield (Middle Mississippi/Missouri River)
Angie Tillges (Upper Mississippi)
Monique Verdin (Lower Mississippi Delta)
Paul Wu (Tennessee River)

In addition to the field studios is a call for personal stories. Inspired by Hoeferlin’s watershed research, the project team is seeking contributors to share their stories of the Mississippi Watershed that connect us across our shared ecological and cultural geographies. Stories may range from songs, poetry, interviews, essays, and images.

Submit your story