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Confluere (installation view), Somerville Museum, 2022

Confluere • Latin: To flow together

con- ("with; together") + fluō ("flow")


Confluere is a three-channel, site-specific, video installation inspired by, and designed, for the two-hundred-thirty year old Bulfinch “flying double staircase” and the historically inhabited by the Pawtucket confederation of Algonquin-speaking tribes, including the Massachusetts. 1 


This installation aims to create a visual environment in which global tidal waters / the past and the present / and the distant and the local / flow together and apart / divided and rejoined / by the architectural form. 



This piece is dedicated to the memory of George Fifield, great friend and curator, as he flows beyond this known world.



Video and more photographic documentation forthcoming. Video sneak peak available here.*


PRESS:

"'Waterlines' At Somerville Museum Mulls Our Relationship With Water," Greg Cook, Wonderland, Jan 24, 2023

*(images and video)


Waterlines: Stories of Ebb and Flow, Cate McQuaid, Arts, The Ticket, Boston Globe, Jan 19, 2023

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Confluere installation views, 2022


1 Charles Bulfinch (born 1763, Province of Massachusetts Bay, a British Colony), who is regarded by many as the first American-born [of European-descent], professional architect, designed the “flying double staircase” (1792) as part of his commission for the new Charlestown house for shipping merchant, Joseph Barrell. It was relocated to the Somerville Museum for historic preservation.


Prior to colonization, the Massachusetts people did not live in settled communities, but migrated seasonally, in bands, throughout their territories. The Massachusetts do not exist in any organized band, tribe, or nation today, but many Wampanoag and Nipmuc tribal descendants claim Massachusetts ancestry. Native Americans have lived throughout what is currently known as Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over 12,000 years.


Image from: https://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/105465