Philadelphia’s post-industrial landscape serves as backdrop and as actant in the broader conversations around ecological temporalities of Timescales. We see a timescale as intrinsically ecological in that different networks, communities, and types of information shape how we experience, understand, and know a place and its temporalities. Along with the conference’s three days of transdisciplinary conversations, films, and performances, this archive-as-mobile installation features collaborations and interventions developed by a growing corps of academics, activists, artists, and communities in and along the Lower Schuylkill River (LSR).

Through the installation, we explore the problem of data, and the date as one kind of datum. A datum functions as a unique measurement of observations, qualities, or trends, while a date performs the task of marking out and defining time through specific, quantifiable means. In the context of the LSR, data/dates are embedded into a watery, industrial landscape and used to describe the various human and nonhuman communities that the river hosts. In what ways, this installation asks, are the timescales of various kinds of river data in/commensurable?  

This is a mobile installation that will be exhibited at PPEH's partner sites throughout Philadelphia. Please contact me if you would like to install it.


  • Timescales Conference, Kislak Center, October 20-26, 2016.
  • DataRefuge, Penn Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, January 13-February 9, 2017
  • WHYY Philadelphia, March 6, 2017


"Art installation interprets water pollution with sound," StateImpactPA, NPR, January 17, 2017. 

"Art and data marry to illuminate stories of life on the Schuylkill River," NewsWorks, March 3, 2017.

Bethany Wiggin, "Forgotten Places and Radical Hope on Philadelphia's Tidal Schuylkill River." Open Rivers, Issue 6, Spring 2017. 

Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq.  

Curatorial Team, Exhibition on Syria and Iraq’s Cultural Heritage with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center and Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj, who will install various multimedia works that respond to our artifacts and themes.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA. April 8, 2017-November 26, 2018. 


The Golden Age of King Midas

The Golden Age of King Midas. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Curatorial Team. 2016. 


University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Curatorial Team. 2015-2016. 


University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia. 2017-. 

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. ICA Lecturer. 2015-2016. 

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. Spotlight Lecturer. 2014-2015.