WORKSHOP: Saturation

Friday, February 17, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Free Event

The presence or absence of water determines the possibility of continued human life–driving agriculture, facilitating the expansion of cities, and determining the stability of the ground. Located on the Central Coast of California, Santa Barbara is vulnerable to a variety of effects of anthropogenic climate change: wildfires, drought, sea level rise, flooding, coastal erosion, pollution. One concept that captures the degree of water’s presence or absence–along with other media effects–is saturation, the condition of being “thoroughly soaked” (OED). Yet saturation may also describe non-watery media, denoting a limit capacity (“point of saturation”), being filled with knowledge, the intensity of a color, the amount of dissolved gas in one’s blood, the marketing of products. This workshop aims to think through “saturation” as a materially-inflected heuristic, exploring its interdisciplinary connections across the environmental humanities, media theor

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