i (heart) h2o, part of the Figuring Sea Level Rise project, consisted of two interactive workshops and a provocative survey. It was developed by LA artists and water enthusiasts Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul, and Therese Kelly, AIA. Therese and Sara's three-part project uses our own campus as an experiential lab for thinking through our relationship as a campus to water systems and to our location in a coastal watershed with unique vulnerabilities to sea level rise.
As a companion to the workshops, the artist facilitators created a survey and scavenger hunt cards. We encourage you to complete the online survey How's Your Water Relationship? to assess your current relationship dynamic with water, and to use the scavenger cards to locate your water relationships on the UCSB campus.
About the Artist Facilitators
The creative survey and two workshops were offered as part of the figuring project, developed by LA artists and water enthusiasts Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul, and Therese Kelly, AIA. Sara and Therese are best known for their work with the Los Angeles arts collective the LA Urban Rangers. Therese is a practicing architect and one of the designers of LA's new 12-acre Grand Park. Sara works as a solo artist, in arts collaborations in LA and Milwaukee, and as a college arts educator. I heart H2O is produced for the Critical Issues in America: Figuring Sea Level Rise initiative led by a widely interdisciplinary team of UC Santa Barbara professors under the auspices of the Carsey-Wolf Center's Environmental Media Initiative.
Therese Kelly, a licensed architect and design professional, has experience envisioning a variety of urban public and private, open space and mixed-use projects, with a focus on community involvement, public-private partnerships, and the creation of more livable cities. Therese is a founding member of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, an interdisciplinary collective offering site-specific interpretation and investigation of the city and its various ecologies. Her work with the collective has been exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the 2009 International Architecture Biennale – Rotterdam, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Through her work with architectural firms Moore Ruble Yudell and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, she has designed and implemented several major urban projects in the Los Angeles basin, including the newly opened 12-acre Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. She often employs evocative cartographic explorations and innovative outreach tools to engage and build consensus in her projects with community, state, and federal agencies.
A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Therese is active in the Los Angeles Chapter's Urban Design Committee. She has also served on the board of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and on design juries at USC, Otis, and Woodbury. She holds degrees in architecture from Princeton University and University of California-Los Angeles.
Sara Daleiden directs s(o)ul, an agency which focuses on cultural production and exchange through the creation of social interactions in developing landscapes. Sara is a founding member of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers. With a relationship to the arts, education and advocacy, s(o)ul consults with nonprofit and for profit entities, as well as cultural workers of many disciplines, from emerging to established levels. With bases in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, the agency offers support for empathetic, structural development of individual, organizational and community identity embracing various scales of experimentation, connection and production. Initiatives and platforms encourage active interpretation and embodied exploration of local places valuing public space, civic participation, economic sustainability, pedestrian awareness and celebration of difference
Collaboration has been project-based or ongoing with Being Pedestrian, CicLAvia, Cliff Garten Studio, Domestic Hollywood, Freewaves, Friends of Blue Dress Park, IN:SITE, lauren woods, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, MKE<->LAX, Suzanne Lacy, and West of Rome.
College of Letters and Sciences, Carsey-Wolf Center, Film and Media Studies, students of UCSB through the Associated Students Coastal Fund, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, and the Literature and Environment Specialization in the Department of English.
About the Workshops
Workshop 1 - How's your water relationship?
[occurred on March 1, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm]
Join us for a two-hour scavenger hunt to locate your water relationships on campus considering activities such as drinking, research, sanitation and recreation. Sara and Therese will facilitate the workshop by sharing their figuring project i (heart) h2o and leading a site-specific, poetic exploration of water and campus life.
Free and open to UCSB students, faculty and staff. Capacity of 40. Sign up for the workshop here: March 1 Workshop Application
You can still download i (heart) h2o Scavenger Hunt Map cards.
Workshop 2 - Love your sea level
[occurred Friday, May 10, 2013 - 10:00am - 5:00pm]
In May, the artists return to lead a small workshop intended to raise awareness about the campus's unique location and water values. As a complement to the i (heart) h2o scavenger hunt on March 1, this one-day experiential workshop deepens awareness of water relationships on campus as a key to imagining sea level rise. Sara and Therese will facilitate the invention of collaborative proposals to generate new awarenesses of our everyday dependency with water on campus. Participants will work in small groups to perform further site research and analysis of one water relationship and one environmental media approach. At the close of the workshop, groups will present a proposal for a new connection for how to communicate the meaning of sea level rise on campus.