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The Project

The nearly two-million-year-old Neuse River is one of the oldest in what is now known as the United States and stretches some 275 miles across the state of North Carolina. Its waters traverse ancient rift basins created during the break-up of the supercontinent Pangea and accumulate behind dams of the modern epoch before flowing onward to the global ocean.

Rivers have the capacity to tell stories; to connect the past, the present and the future.

The River Cube Project will explore the Neuse River as a unique environment created and influenced by relationships between nature, people, and technology. The Project is the catalyst for the collection and creation of context-specific materials that take the form of sculpture, drawings, data, audio visual materials, scientific and social studies that synthesize and reflect – present a sampling of – the Neuse River’s diversity and complexity.

In May 2019, Christina Lorena Weisner and Matt Keene will drift, paddle, peddle and sail The River Cube from the source of the Neuse River in North Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, they will search for an answer to the question “What is a River?” They will be joined by artists, scientists, organizations and residents living along the river.

The River Cube Project will stop in the towns and wilderness along the Neuse to join and create dialogue about the river and the relationships it creates and hosts. Once the vessel crosses through the Ocracoke Inlet, the 275-mile journey will be complete.

Read the full project description here.