Contribute to a citizen science and media art project about water and ecology in Colorado
This project engages residents and visitors in rural Colorado to discuss and express local environmental issues and create spaces where meaning-making and creative representation of scientific data becomes possible. The first location is Trinidad, Colorado.
We are calling out to artists, activists, citizen scientists, ranchers, youth, senior citizens, residents and visitors to contribute ecological media (ecomedia) with a focus on water scarcity and water quality for public video projection installations. We will facilitate co-creation workshops with local residents and community stakeholders that will explore your contributions and produce a collage of visuals for the interactive video projections.
Ecomedia encompasses a wide diversity of media; visual art, quantitative and qualitative data, water samples, log notes, photography and videography of the lakes and their contributing watersheds, documentation of restoration efforts, poetry, traditional stories and more. Participants can contribute to this project by adding an "observation" preferably by signing up and contributing to the CitSci project with text and images related to a particular geographical location. You also have the option of submitting media and a description directly via this website. However, if you would like to get engaged with the citizen science community, we highly recommend joining CitSci.
Do you have any existing water sample data, imagery, artwork, stories or other media associated with Grand Lake or Trinidad Lake? Are you interested in gathering new data or media for this project? Please add your contributions to be adapted for a public art event. You can contribute with CitSci or directly through a form.
Kimberley Bianca is an Australian media artist and community events organizer based in the United States. Bianca is a PhD candidate in Critical Media Practices at CU Boulder where she is doing practice-based research on web-assisted platforms for DIY citizenship. She is interested in shared approaches of participatory art and citizen science. For 10 years, Bianca has been making video projections with grassroots initiatives. She has extensive international experience in facilitating participatory projects and workshops.
Pierre D. Glynn
Project mentor in citizen science
Pierre Glynn has owned a home in Grand Lake, Colorado since 2006. He recently retired from the USGS after a 32-year career first conducting and then leading hydrological research at the USGS, most recently as Branch Chief for the Water Cycle and Hydro-Ecological Branches of the Water Mission Area. Pierre remains actively engaged in research as Affiliated Scholar with Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes in Washington D.C., and as Scientist Emeritus with the USGS Science and Decisions Center.
We proudly use CitSci to host our citizen science project. CitSci.org: A global citizen science support platform. CitSci.org, Fort Collins, Colorado. Available at: https://www.citsci.org.