Post-pandemic Future for a World of Water

Post-pandemic Future
for a World of Water

" Venice hasn't seen clear canal water in a very long time. Dolphins showing up too. Nature just hit the reset button on us "
wrote Luca Santis, a self proclaimed photographer and Twitch streamer on Twitter on March 17th 2020, still days before Italy started to flatten its curve of what would be the first wave of COVID-19 cases. Speculative scenarios, not unlike the one presented in the 'dolphin Tweet' of Luca Santis, are at the core of many design practices that have taken on the global challenge to prevent catastrophic climate change. In order to have a chance of succeeding several issues need to be addressed; For example, the establishment of a widespread believe that the future can be changed as well a thorough, tangible understanding of the elementary matter and materials we have at our disposal today, which help to support this change.

The Water Everywhere Studios will be an attempt to contribute to this cause. Two Studios, each with their own, unique yet complementary perspective on the role and meaning of water will collaborate in a joint effort to come up with new insights and potential solutions for one of the most wicked problem(s) of our time: the global sea level rise.

The first Studio (lead by Prof. Rachel Armstrong from Newcastle University) will focus on 'Water as Matter' and invites participants on a remote and temporary quest for ways in which water, as we know it, can be investigated as source, medium and matter and at the same time, regain meaning through artistic practice.

In this meta level approach and in depth take on new material ideologies, water will be reimagined through experimental investigation methods, visualization and materialization. Processes that, after two intensive weeks of on- and offline discours, will result in highly unexpected outcomes of artistic research.
Water as Matter
Water Everywhere studios
Two Studios, to come up with potential solutions for one of the most wicked problem(s) of our time: the global sea level rise.

Characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole, the second Studio (initiated by the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands) 'Water Worlds' takes on a more holistic approach in which water is investigated from three different perspectives.

On a macro level 'Water Worlds' will primarily be situating itself in the future. Here participants approach our world from an extra planetary/non human perspective in order to develop radical imaginings that reach beyond the current limitations of human centred technology, culture and politics.
Water Worlds
Dive deeply into one focus area or be involved on all levels throughout the entire Studio.
This project is a joint programme between the European Cultural Academy
and the Willem de Kooning Academy