This workshop will be led by Floating University’s artist-in-residence, Katherine Ball. Workshop participants can join in for a few hours or the entire 3-day workshop, however they like. Actions of initiation would include: planting, inoculating, releasing, hatching, igniting, and electrifying.
Day 1 – Surfing Nature’s Internet: Mushroom Filters
Day 2 – Capillary Action: Plant Filters
Day 3 – Chaosmosis: Empathetic Filters
How will life change as our relationship to water transforms? By filtering our own water, we shift from being consumers of water to stewards of water. Floating University will experiment with utopian water fantasies and re-envision an urban water infrastructure that invokes public participation. We will construct experimental water systems at every possible avenue. Water will cascade down the laboratory stairs and spiral through filters of plants, mushrooms, biofilms, sand, and oysters. Then, this water will journey to the University kitchen, bathroom, auditorium and greenhouse. We have four different types of water on which to experiment: rainwater, basin water, greywater, and blackwater.
A fundamental paradigm in our research at Floating University is to emulate Mother Earth’s water cycles rather than mimic Corporate Man’s linear sewer pipes. Water will not fall beneath the streets like garbage into landfills. Rather, water will flow down the drain, undergo organic filtration, and flow back out the spout. The University will use its water to meet its needs — and then re-use it to re-meet its needs.
How might our participation in urban hydrology nudge society toward an ecological balance? How will we adapt our practices to our rapidly changing cities and planet to keep water affordable and abundant? How can we be radical dreamers of utopia while keeping our feet on the ground, or in the water, as it may be?
This workshop is open to all interested.
Please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org