Exhibitions & Events



Lost Prairie Valley

Planetary Bayou

Field Guide to Environmental Crime: Houston and the Oil Coast

Dead Zones

Extinction Simulation Landscapes

Lunar Mosaics

MacDowell Trilogy

Humans Lived Here Once

Whole Life Academy

Comfort in Hydrology

Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Water Castle

Radio Aporee Sound Map

Midstream at Twilight



Forest Threnody

Big Hill Petro-glyphs

Current State

Points of Presence

Brandenburg Series

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Sonic Boom Archive

Johnston Island Saturday Night

Suspension of Disbelief

Quantum Danube


Culpeper Media Bunker

A Doubting World

“... the floors of silent seas”

Background Listening Post

Regional Spatialities

Dark Places

Ultimate High Ground

American Oil Vol. I

Kleine Stücke von Berlin


Playas Townsite

Shepard Inversion Ghost


Shock + Awe

Gloom & Doom / Tactile Air

Routes of Least


Weather Radio

Site: Nonsite: Quartzsite

The Mountain Radio Project

Ballarat: Beneath Sentinel

CLUI Projects

Networked Nation


Urban Crude

CLUI Touchscreen

Texas Oil

Wendover, U.S.A.

CLUI Exhibit Posters

Pavement Paradise

Vacation: Dauphin

Dissipation & Disintegration

Terminal Island

Immersed Remains

Diversions & Dislocations

Emergency State

Loop Feedback Loop

A View into the Pipe

Ground Up

Nellis Range - Revisited

West Coast Points

The Best Dead Mall


Antarctic 1

One Wilshire

Alternate Routes

Proximity Issue

Back to the Bay

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Steve Rowell

Planetary Bayou


Planetary Bayou is a film about a slow-moving, shallow, muddy creek in Texas that has changed the course of life on Earth, as it has mutated during its flow through the most concentrated petrochemical complex in the world.

Seen as a built environment, Houston is a chaotic and confounding megacity. What makes it appealing as a subject of inquiry is its singular status as the petrochemical capital of the world and the impact that its oil refining, storage, disposal, and manufacturing has had on global climates. By extension, this city affects all life on Earth today and for every imaginable tomorrow. This film examines these histories and futures by way of an expansive investigation of the cultures and environments across deep time, into and out of Houston and the Gulf Coast region, along a key feature on the landscape: the Buffalo Bayou. From its source as a ditch in a field, to an industrialized ship canal, lined by hundreds of petrochemical plants, and into the Gulf of Mexico, where snaking pipelines leak crude across abyssal plains, this unassuming bayou is arguably the most important waterway in the world.

More information soon.

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