@ 2020 All photographs by Shelby McAuliffe 

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Boulder, Colorado Artist

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  • Shelby McAuliffe and Denise Fernandes

Invisible Disruption

Updated: Feb 20


A map of Boulder and Weld counties, Colorado.

The white dots indicate in production oil well sites

Invisible Disruption unfolds within the contentious landscape of Colorado oil and gas production sites. The images and audio focus on petrochemical sites at the border of Boulder and Weld counties in northeastern Colorado, showcasing voices that determine resource allocation, the ensuing cultural politics, and resulting disruptions. The work here attempts to highlight the physical and cultural divisions between individuals and communities interacting at different scales with varying perspectives.

Through close observation of the landscape, following the physically demarcated county line, we have witnessed the realities of clashing urban and rural conceptions of space; the changing demands of livelihoods at odds with ecosystem management; the divergent perceptions of land and resource use; the complicated and contradictory policies and laws that cross federal, state, and county boundaries; and the camouflaged oil and gas equipment.

Geospatial maps often view resources linearly, as single points upon the Earth’s surface, rather than a broader landscape. Yet we know that hydraulic fracturing, and other extractive processes, encompass far more. Facilitating a dialogue between diverse perspectives, this exhibition brings forth a visible aspect to elements (physical, technological, and human) that interact to create an altered landscape.

Show dates: January 23-March 20, 2020

Reception date: Thursday, January 30

Gallery location: SEEC gallery space, between the SEEC Atrium and the courtyard

Reception location: SEEC South Atrium and C120C

Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC)

CU Boulder East Campus

4001 Discovery Drive