Little Lake is the local name given to Soil Conservation Services Hickory Creek Basin Retarding Pond #16 (SCS #16) within Denton, Texas and the Trinity River Basin. Originally constructed in 1975 as a retention / detention pond to prevent floods like those in 1957 and 1962, which devastated downtown Denton, the Lake soon exceeded its capacity as a hydraulic infrastructure, attracting wildlife and becoming host to vibrant, hybrid cultural and ecological diversity. To this end, Little Lake provides a unique opportunity to research the intertwining of many ecological elements: (1) modern hydraulic infrastructure, (2) biodiversity (great blue herons, yellow-crowned night heron, egrets, ducks, and beavers), (3) cultural diversity and human experience, and (4) economic development (the area surrounding Little Lake has seen new businesses, new homes in recent years). In collaboration with WaterWays 2010 and Fluid Frontier and the students and faculty of UNT, Ecoarttech’s mission is to imagine the human, aesthetic, and ecological importance of this man-made “nature” retreat within an urban space. Welcome to the Field Research Blog.
WILDNESS: THE PLAY BETWEEN APPEARANCE AND DISAPPEARANCE
“Wild is this very play between appearance and disappearance, the slipping in and out of the limits of presence. To be wild is to stand out and to disappear, a rhythm of foreground and background, of light and shadow… I hold a plea for an expansion of the experience of the wild in our everyday existence. This can be thought of as an active everyday engagement with the world around us by affording space for the presence of otherness. It entails fostering a mentality that takes otherness, including nature, seriously and affords it a place to co-exist with and in human culture… We have forgotten how to disappear, too much of what our words and hands grasp stays present, sticks to our future, covers our past. We stand out but have lost our capacity to disappear. And therefore so much around us and ultimately so much of ourselves, has in fact disappeared, or has been drained, clear-cut, paved-over, eradicated, eroded.” –Irene Klaver, Wild: Rhythm of Appearing and Disappearing
EcoArtTechBlog24Jan2010 as .doc
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Download the .doc file above for the CWE Field Research “Assignment” and for directions on how to post your research to this blog. Be sure to categorize your submissions. (Add a new category if there isn’t one you like.)
Remember: responses can be creative, meditative, literary, philosophical and posted to this blog as text, videos, images, or sounds. Explore, experiment, and have fun!
Click on the link above to see UNT’s Philosophy of Water Project’s Poster about the animal and human wildlife at Little Lake.