collaborative integrative project


future currents: the la river

This multidisciplinary project brings interaction with and attention to complexities surrounding the Los Angeles River through creative practices, hands on making, research and imaginative thinking.

A collaboration with students and faculty at the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication at California State University Northridge (CSUN), Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya), and local artist/activist Steve Appleton, this project brings together dance, music, visual art, interior design, anthropology, media, sustainability and student groups to reflect on the present and envision the future through the lens of revitalization projects that will effect the city for generations to come.

Future Currents has four phases:

  • River engagement: river clean up and harvest of natural materials

  • Creation: work with students in studios, classroom and at the river

  • Festival: a multi-disciplinary event on April 5 showcasing work of students along with that of Artichoke Dance and Steve Appleton. The festival takes place on the grounds of The Soraya from 11am-6pm with workshops and activities throughout the day, and performances of Visioning Bodies at 11:30am and 5:00pm. See festival schedule here.

  • Film: a documentary series about the creation, ideas, interactions and festival continue the project

Dancing along the banks of the Los Angeles River with CSUN students

Dancing along the banks of the Los Angeles River with CSUN students