A Negotiable Utopia: The Humboldt Bay Project is an interdisciplinary video project that interprets the built environment of Humboldt Bay—California's second largest estuary. This non-narrative observational documentary video (one of six in the project) inventories the more than one hundred miles of shoreline that encircles Humboldt Bay. Documenting the affective complexities of this critical threshold defines its distinctive perceptual characteristics, affirms our community's increasing awareness of its problems and threats, and also affirms its agency as a site for civic engagement. Shoreline, © 2014, single-channel color video, running time: 7.5 minutes. Read the video's accompanying essay here.
Installation views of Shoreline (with accompanying essay) during the exhibition A Negotiable Utopia: The Humboldt Bay Project at Humboldt State University's First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA, September 30 to November 2, 2014.