Snake Lakeside

Your attempt to adapt to the new chemical and biological realities of the Great Lakes runs up against the chaos of forced migration – the round goby, while delicious and increasingly plentiful, turns out to be an incredibly efficient collector of the PCBs which wash into the lake via the stream running through your new culvert. Recent studies by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department and Northern Michigan University claim that over-reliance on the goby as a food source does not lead to increased PCB levels in your cousins, the Lake Erie Water Snakes, but they live exclusively on islands near the Canadian border. Instead, these studies give the goby explosion partial credit for a resurgence in that branch of your family. On the other hand, no scientists have come to check your PCB levels, and every year the water seems warmer and more algae-choked on your part of the western shore...

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About the Red Hook Journal

Tirdad Zolghadr

Red Hook Journal addresses a wide range of issues, but it is ultimately driven by key preoccupations of CCS Bard, its host institution: What are distinctive features inherent to the curating of contemporary art? Are there terminologies, exhibition histories, political stakes, and professional mythologies that set curators apart? Red Hook Journal subscribes to the working assumption that this is indeed the case, and further, that curatorial conventions and prerogatives need to be rendered more tangible and contestable, rather than ever more diffident and hazy. That said, the journal occasionally offers a platform to dissenting opinions.

Editor-in-chief: Tirdad Zolghadr
Assistant Editor: Karly Wildenhaus
Coordinator: Jaime Baird