The images Water without apparent life have been submitted to the virtual exhibition on the theme ‘HOT WATER — Water, Peace & War‘ organised by Water wheel. Selected contributions will be highlighted for discussion by an international panel of guests during the Balance/UnBalance Conference. All the works are viewable on the Water wheel Media Centre ( tagged as HOT2015).
– Virtual exhibition ‘Hot water – Water, Peace & War’
The English expression “To be in HOT WATER” means to be in trouble. Currently, climate change, environmental decline, rights violations, volatile politics and conflict all suggest “HOT WATER”.
Water is a fundamental element for all beings on Earth.
A symbol of life and a “common good” which should be available to all, water is quickly becoming a commodity to some, and often taken as hostage in conflicts to besiege and displace populations. Corporates, governments, and industries such as mining and tourism use it for their own short-term benefits, depriving people – especially Indigenous people and farmers – of their rights, causing pollution, threatening health and the environment, and compromising long-term water management.
How can art, science, design, and activism reinstate the social, cultural and environmental value of water? How can we share the responsibility of water in a positive way? How can we all preserve the right of access to water? How can intergenerational knowledge-sharing get us out of “HOT WATER”, end conflict and find peace?
A panel of international guests -as part of Balance/UnBalance Conference- will discuss selected contributions of “digital postcards, poems or texts” uploaded to Waterwheel on the theme of “HOT WATER—Water, Peace & War”.
The call out invited artists, scientists, activists, teachers and young people to contribute videos, images, animations, audio, texts or slideshows.
Online panelists include Leah Barclay, Ian Clothier, Molly Hankwitz, Joanna Hoffmann and Silvana Tuccio.
Panelists at Balance-Unbalance include Leah Barclay, Nina Czegledy, Ilka Blue Nelson and Eric Leonardson.
Online Panelists include Lorraine Beaulieu, Molly Hankwitz and Alberto Vazquez.
– Balance-Unbalance international conference
The Balance-Unbalance international conference brings multiple disciplines together to explore intersections between nature, art, science, new technologies, aid agencies and society with the goal of developing cross-disciplinary initiatives using innovative art and technology to advance ecological awareness and sustainability practices to inspire wide-ranging community engagement in the face of unprecedented environmental challenges.
Balance-Unbalance 2015 will focus on water, climate, and place, seeking dialogues and creative projects engaged with water and climate problems around the globe. Given the location of the conference, the Sonoran Desert, discussions and presentations may address water issues and climate change in the context of desert landscapes.
Balance-Unbalance international conference (BunB) was founded by Argentinian-born artist and scholar Ricardo Dal Farra in 2010 to promote novel forms of creativity that can help solve environmental problems.
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