Blog of Miller Klitsner

Drifting Blue

Drifting Blue is a poetic documentary of the fluidity of space and time, and the way we try to abstract them through our own territoriality. Through a blending of the personal and historical, we observe how unaccounted natural systems can disrupt our lives.


In the Chihuahuan desert, water sculpts gradually over time, and it also dances violently in time. Water leaves a subtle mark in the shape of the rocks, and yet also expresses itself wildly in floods and rain storms, transforming environments from silent rocky arrangements to natural water parks in a matter of minutes. As we see in this work about the Chamizal tract, a tract of land that saw the rio grande literally change course over night and give the US almost 600 acres of land, national boundaries can be whipped to and fro by the indiscriminate fluidity that water gives to both time and space against the western push for standardization of time and space. In this work we observe the Chamizal as it is today, a tract of land divided by a border, defined by a river that was artificially rerouted and reconstructed so that it will not move. We see the saddling of nature in both the concretized river and the national parks on either side of it, as well as the restrictions of time and space that the land’s inhabitants face as they cross over these structures.

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