In tandem with my dissertation research, I am producing a series of short video essays about earthmoving and coastal cities. I'm very excited to share some early excerpts. Please consider making a contribution to support post production costs for these films! 

In the above clip from 2013, contractors are dredging the Arthur Kill Channel as part of the New York Harbor Deepening Project. They take this toxic sludge, mix in concrete, and ship it upland for construction projects. Below, landscape architect Gena Wirth introduces some of the key tensions in interpreting New York City's harbor ecology.

Man Made Land (2012 – ongoing) is an ongoing visual and written research project about the making and remaking of urban coastlines. The project explores the intimate relationships between human technology, culture, and natural environments where cities meet the sea. 

Man Made Land is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Man Made Land must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors (2011)

Lower Manhattan’s 60 Hudson Street is one of the world’s most concentrated hubs of Internet connectivity. This short documentary peeks inside, offering a glimpse of the massive material infrastructure that makes the Internet possible. Written and edited by Ben Mendelsohn, shot and animated by Alex Chohlas-Wood. Completed as part of my MA thesis in media studies at The New School, the project was advised by Shannon C. Mattern. 

The Fluid and the Solid (retired)

The Fluid and the Solid was the previous iteration of my documentary series about earthmoving and coastal cities. In this clip, we explore the relationship of earthmoving to ideas of nature in the Anthropocene.  

Protective Ecologies (2013) 

Selected submission to MoMA PS1's Rockaway Call for Ideas to create a sustainable waterfront. Proposal by Gena Wirth, video by Alex Chohlas-Wood and Ben Mendelsohn. Historic Jamaica Bay map courtesy Regional Plan Association.