As part of his new commission for In Practice: Literally means collapse, artist Marco Barrera exhibits an incomplete archive of water from different locations around New York City. Accompanying the archive, Barrera has created a publication that indexes the samples and presents his research on the oblique and obscured histories of the industrialization of New York City. The publication features an essay by Canal Street Research Association that traces the distribution of wealth in New York City through the infinite circulation of currency and plumbing.
“Gongoozler” is a British term for a person who is interested in and enjoys spectating activity that occurs on canals. Inspired by this past-time, Canal Street Research Association will lead a walking tour through Long Island City—meandering with diagonal stories of the neighborhood and its buried waters.