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SUMMERSCHOOL ECA x WDKA

Thu 28 Jan

ECA x WDKA | Water is Everywhere

This project is a joint programme between the European Cultural Academy and the Willem de Kooning Academy

 

" 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 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.

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.

Water as Matter
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 Worlds
The second Studio will primarily situate itself in the future and focus on water from a macro level. Within 'Water Worlds' 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. The creation of visually communicative and critical narratives, concepts and design artefacts to envision alternative futures/future scenarios for a world dominated by water plays a vital role in this Studio. By exploring ways in which these futures can be made tangible and desirable in the present, the aim is to develop strategies trigger future stakeholders future stakeholders to act/agree on their relevance today and discuss the responsibilities for the long term implications of the effects of turning speculation into realization.

 

HOW CAN I JOIN?

FORMAT: 2 weeks online or in Venice
DATES: August 9 - 20, 2021
COURSE FEE: 1.650 EUR
ENROL BEFORE: One week before the course start date
LANGUAGE: English
LOCATION: Online and at Palazzo Michiel (Strada Nova, 4391, 30121 Campo Santi Apostoli, Venezia)
CALL & WHATSAPP: +39 320 245 06 31
EMAIL US: simone@europeanculturalacademy.com

Come to Venice with us next summer and dive into one of our the two studios!

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ECA x WDKA

This project is a joint programme between the European Cultural Academy and the Willem de Kooning Academy