Where is the Dakota Access Pipeline?

 TRACING ITS ROUTE THROUGH DRAWING, CONVERSATION, AND ENCOUNTERS WITH THE GROUND

Batul Abbas | Claire Casstevens | Luke Harris
Cara Turett | Bonnie-Kate Walker

EXHIBITION: 2.05.18 – 2.28.18, Naug, Campbell Hall
OPENING TALK: Mon. 2.05.18, 12PM, Naug, Campbell Hall

In June of 2017, we went to look for the Dakota Access Pipeline. We found it in casual conversations about the boom and bust oil economy in the Williston basin, in the archaeology of a social movement at the Standing Rock Reservation, and in piles of abandoned topsoil on Iowa farms and prairies. Our fieldwork provoked encounters with people in diners and living rooms, and with materials along the pipeline itself—together forming a research methodology that investigated how a sprawling energy infrastructure negotiates the diverse geographies and communities along its length. This exhibition documents our exploration of the Dakota Access Pipeline as a social, cultural, and material agent of change, while also asking: How can the tools of landscape architecture be leveraged against the exploitation of living things?

This fieldwork and exhibition were funded by the Benjamin C. Howland Traveling Fellowship.