Flow Im Fluss | Couch Place Alley | Silent Funny

Show Info

FLOW / Im Fluss celebrated of the 20th anniversary of the sister cities Chicago and Hamburg, Germany. This relationship was represented through information on the river in each city. In Chicago, the river has a sorted history of pollution and is often treated like an alleyway—Chicago’s urban network and location for trash storage and collection.

Notably, the projected was sited in Chicago’s first green alleyway with a permeable pavement to keep polluted water from draining in the river. Projecting animations of abstracted patterns derived from the scientific data on the health of each river on a series of facing water-mist screens that lined the alleyway, the two cities faced each other in this immersive installation. The projections visualized information such as dissolved oxygen levels, flow, and even chemical pollution in each of the river. While not initially obvious to the view, information about the visualized date was provided in handouts by the NRDC to inform the users.

FLOW is on permanent exhibit at Silent Funny and can be viewed by appointment.


NRDC Switchboard

Program coordinator
Irmi Maunu Kocian
Production support
Tristan Hummel
Project consultant
Elizabeth Corr
Technical support
Liviu Pasare
CF Devices
Peter Tsai
Support provided by
Goethe-Institut Chicago, The Chicago Loop Alliance, and The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

4 channel video installation, 4 water screens 18′ x 12′

Couch Place Alley | Chicago, IL

1 channel video installation, 1 water screen 18′ x 12′

Silent Funny | Chicago, IL 2015