︎︎︎ flow
dwell ︎︎︎


Welcome to the Sensitive Stream.
This is a space to connect with sensitive riverdwelling species.


          
(please choose a sensory track to proceed) 





















This stream invites you to dive into a watery media poetics. Your guides are two organisms, Caddisfly Larvae and Sludge Worm. Both are integral to understanding river health; both are vibrant actors that expand human centered views of the world.







The stream shifts modes of address as part of its play with subjectivity. It destabilizes perspectives and seeks to amplify the difficulty of translation and knowledge between water organisms and humans.







Scroll down for each stage of the dive and linger on chapters. Sound, image and text will mix. Swim and come up for air when you need to.
















(Part 1)
The Caddis Fly











hide between
stones and stems










where water runs
fresh and clear










build a refuge
of bark and leaves










make yourself
your surroundings










your surroundings
yourself










a portable shelter
camouflage cocoon


























The river is my breath, water my air
I breathe its compositions






















I sense and signal
biological and physical
chemical interactions






















modified water
engineered and impounded











oxygen depletes
slows flow






















heat and light
accelerate growth
decaying algae
stifles the river bed






















trees along banks
leaves in the water
essential food webs
for hungry mouths






















I clean the river
reduce excess
plant growth
and debris






















watery bodies
sustain me






















I am sensitive