California Floods: A Living Archive is an innovative new media project that uses interactive webVR technology to tell the stories of communities living in the flood-prone Pajaro Valley. The project explores the interconnected layers of human history, land ecology, and wildlife activity in the region, examining the impact of flooding on the land and the people who live there. The Living Archive aims to empower communities by giving them agency over their own future and creating a deeper understanding of the impacts of climate change on the area. Ultimately, the project seeks to raise essential questions about climate change and land stewardship, using collective participation and interactive storytelling to create a new kind of story for the community and those unfamiliar with the valley.
Jierui Fang, `23 MSc & `24 MA, Stanford University; Rowan Ings, `23 MFA, Stanford University