Matthew Moore | Cultivating the Oasis
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Cultivating the Oasis

The images in the film are taken from numerous flights my father, a former Air Force pilot, and I took in 2009. The images depict the Colorado River from Yuma to the north, and the Central Arizona Project canal from Phoenix, west to its primary pumping station on the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona. Arizona has rights to 2.8 million acre feet of Colorado River water per year, California is entitled to 4.4 million acre feet per year and Nevada has annual allocation of 300,000 acre feet. One acre-foot of water equals 325,851 gallons, the amount used by a family of four in one year. The film is inspired by astounding and sobering industrial feats we create in order to sustain life in the desert. The precious commodity of water is never more apparent than when it traverses the desolate landscapes of the Southwest.




three-channel video installation, 9min 25sec


collection of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona


composed by Michael Krassner