Field Station 5: Commodity Exploitation

Tennessee / Mississippi / Louisiana

Mississippi River from New Orleans, © Hannah Schaedler

The landscapes along the Mississippi stretching from Memphis, Tennessee south to New Orleans, Louisiana are characterized by the natural landscape of the former floodplains, by the diverse cultural influences, identities and interdependencies of the American South as well as by global economic forces. These factors determine the topography, infrastructure and social fabric of the region.

Field Station 5 opens two approaches to this section of the river. First, it focuses on urban and rural spatial policies between Memphis, Jackson and New Orleans on an economic, social or political level, and explores their impact on humans and the landscape. Another project explores the history of the city of Natchez, Mississippi in terms of the intertwining of colonialism and slavery with Anthropocene issues.

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