River Charrette Video



Jillian Jetton and I have been working with Byron Karabotsos on a video about the four River Charrette events that functioned in relationship to the three phases of weekly events at the Washington Avenue Pier.

In looking through this footage I was moved by just how much happened, and the hugely different expressions that the work took as we applied the discoveries that were evolving from the scores of the weekly events at the pier to the River Charrette sites. Collaborations with Eiko Otake, Billy Dufala, Martha McDonald and my mom, Carolyn Brick happened along the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers in an underground swimming pool, a former super-fund clean-up site, and the historic gardens of Bartram’s Garden and Andalusia. To read more about each event, visit the River Charrette page or the River Charrette category on Quiet News. 

With many thanks to documentary filmmaker Byron Karabatsos, I am hoping that this video gives a sense of the diverse manifestations of this work as it migrated away from our weekly practice at the Washington Avenue Pier.  

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  1. Alli Ross on May 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I am so inspired by the River Charette video. This project embodies what I’ve been trying to imagine in our very industrial gentrifying city of Somerville, MA. How did you partner or organize to work with the heavy machinery? A relationship with dept. of Public works?

    thanks for making this and sharing your commitment to experiencing as event and human connection.


    • David Brick on May 27, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Alli, Thank you for your comment. We worked with Billy Dufala and Lisa Thome whose organization – R.A.I.R./ Recycled Artists In Residency – is actually an art residency that lives on the grounds of a construction and demolition waste recycling company in northeast Philadelphia. Billy who co-founded RAIR is driving the excavator in the video.

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