Basins and Borders, Ecotopian Toolkit Workshop

2022 Ecotopian Toolkit Project text

Basins and Borders

Date: Saturday, June 4

Time: 11 AM

Location: Independence Seaport Museum 

Description: The Basins and Borders workshop will make the relationship between water absorption, drainage, runoff, and flooding visible with demonstrations of both permeable and impermeable ground surfaces. Participants will be invited to arrange the basins with permeable materials and then flood the surface with water to observe the rate of absorption and drainage through the screened areas.

In addition, a series of climate maps and diagrams will be shown representing local areas that have an increased risk of flooding due to climate change. Ultimately, this workshop will help residents who inhabit these at-risk areas choose materials to create "buffer zones" along these waterways and in low-lying urban areas to reduce water runoff for necessary climate mitigation.

About the Toolmaker: Nancy Agati (she/her/hers) is a Philadelphia-based artist whose multidisciplinary work includes works on paper, sculpture, textile, site-specific installation, and public art. Patterns, movement, and the flow of water have been recurring subjects of Agati's work, as seen in her essay, Noticing Water, published by Cleaver Literary Magazine in 2014. Her recent sculptural installations have focused on nature and the environment, like her piece Evident Cycle, seen below and featured in the exhibit FLOW at Independence Seaport Museum.

Agati holds a BFA from Alfred University, School of Art & Design, NY, and an MFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has shown her work widely throughout Philadelphia in exhibitions at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Fairmount Water Works and nationally in Washington, DC, and New York City. Her work is in several public collections, including recent acquisitions from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Temple University's Fox School of Business. In addition, she has been a recipient of a Windows of Opportunity Award from the Leeway Foundation and has been awarded multiple both national and international artist residencies.


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