Yearly Archives: 2015

Communicating water sustainability through interdisciplinary creative practice: the Fluid City project

Dr. Alys Longley – University of Auckland, New Zealand

If Ludwig Wittgenstein’s famous quote, “the limits of my language are the limits of my world” proves accurate, then I think we are in deep trouble. My sense is that the limitations of especially the English language are preventing many of us from realizing, articulating and understanding our roles in ecological systems. 

If we extend our understanding of ‘language’ to creative practices such as design, dance, visual art, music, and performance, we greatly extend what we are able to attend to, articulate, know and share in relation to place, space and meaning. Such practices carry affective resonance, enabling complex, optimistic, playful and imaginative responses to ideas around sustainability and ecology. 

The Fluid City project brings together diverse scientists, social scientists, artists, architects and educators to engage a wide range of people in Auckland City to consider the issues and values around water sustainability. In 2012, the project was staged in a high-density urban area on Auckland’s waterfront. In 2014, the team worked with a secondary school over a four-month project to co-create a new iteration of the project for the local community. Attempts to map and document this project are generating innovative approaches to social sciences methodology, which bring together research practices drawn from both artistic and qualitative research techniques. 

This seminar will discuss a series of research iterations emerging from the New Zealand-based project Fluid City, which have been responding to the following research questions: How can we give voice to water in all of is vulnerability and necessity? How can we place liquid perception at the centre of our methodology? How might we present ecological thinking across disciplinary borders, merging spaces between information and imagination to value the importance life forms beyond our own? These questions are addressed through photography, documentary and animated film, poetry, sound recordings, ethnographic journaling, creative workshop designs, maps, choreography, drawings, architecture and fleeting public responses to art installations. These artistic methods allow space for the evocation of meaning at the edge of linguistic sense – for affect and presence, for space and place, for a becoming-fluid of communication. 

The seminar will be web-broadcast live as an eSeminar of the ‘Culturizing Sustainable Cities’ project, which is supported by (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal (FCT).

Alys Longley is a performance maker, researcher and teacher. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Alys’s research interests include practice-led research, interdisciplinary projects, creative writing, somatic practices, cultural mapping, ecology and inclusive dance education. She has recently led the project fluid city, an art-science-education project on water-sustainability. Her artist-book The Foreign Language of Motion presents a series of experiments in choreographic writing, and was published in 2014 with Winchester University Press’s Preface Series.

Scenes from the Fluid City project ….

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WATER IMBALANCE — A Visual Conversation

March 18 to April 1, 2015

Open every day, 8 am to 10 pm

ASU Art Building, 900 S Forest Mall

Tempe, AZ 85281 

Curated by Danielle Eubank and Sandra Mueller, the “Water Imbalance” exhibition is set to coincide with the 2015 Balance UnBalance Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe from March 27-29, 2015. The eight women artists in the exhibition work in a variety of media including painting, photography, drawing and installation. The artworks speak to the preciousness of water—especially in women’s lives—and the considerable impact of drought. Short written statements by each artist challenge viewers to consider their own ideas about the imbalance of clean, available water without an apparent solution. The conference brings multiple disciplines together with participants coming from 24 countries to the ASU campus. The conference theme, ‘Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments’ aims to provoke discussion and reflection on how our climate is changing and what our future might hold.

Participating artists: Kim Abeles, Sukey Bryan, Eco-Art Collective, Elizabeth Damon, Danielle Eubank, J. J. L’Heureux, Sandra Mueller and Melissa Reischman.

Danielle Eubank is a painter, curator, expedition artist, adjunct faculty member at University of La Verne and a 2014-15 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been shown in Europe, Asia and the US. She received her MFA from UCLA. Sandra Mueller is a interdisciplinary artist, editor/writer and curator whose work, which focuses on the intersection of ecology and feminism, has been shown throughout the Pacific Rim. The duo met while working in interactive media more than 20 years ago and re-connected at a 2010 ecology conference at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.


Prague Quadrennial 2015 is going to present world-class theatre masters!

Prague Quadrennial, the world´s largest scenography event, is coming with a rich program filled not only with exhibitions from more than 70 countries and up-to-date theater design works, but also hundreds of live events such as lectures, workshops, architecture walks, public space projects and much more! PQ’15 has recently announced its preliminary daily program with star-filled lectures and master classes.

The PQ will include lectures, discussions, and presentations that explore contemporary trends in this fast developing field of scenography including a series of talks with and about leading theater makers and scenographers – Andris Freibergs, Jerzy Gurawski, Robert Wilson, Robert Lepage, Julie Taymor and many more,“ says Sodja Lotker, artistic director of PQ’15 .

PQ will also offer discussions about issues of ‘national scenography’ led by Irish theatre critic Peter Crawley; and discussion about methods of scenographic education around the world with educators Tatjana Dadić Dinulović and Sofia Pantouvaki.

There will be talks with Stefan Kaegi from Rimini Protokoll, Sean Patten from Gob Squad, and Maaike Bleeker, curated by New Zealand designer and theorist Dorita Hannah that will explore screens and projection as important tools in contemporary performance. Lectures by Polish artist Wojtek Ziemilski, Australian architect and dramaturg Benedict Anderson, and British art activist John Jordan will explore the position of artists in contemporary society, touching on the main PQ concept of scenography of the” SharedSpace”. The morning Breakfast with Reija series moderated by Finnish performance designer Reija Hirvikoski will provide an open lounge space for scenography talks often directly connected to issues about the PQ itself.

Elevator Repair Service’s John Collins will talk about sound design dramaturgy. There will also be discussions and talks surrounding the Library of Light and Critical Costume projects that will provide spaces for detailed exploration of individual scenographic disciplines.

Last but not least, the leading German contemporary theatre magazine, Theatre der Zeit will tackle the specificities of German scenography with set designers Barbara Ehnes, Katrin Brack, Mark Lammert and theorist Ulrike Haß.

Download preliminary daily program *

Important dates:
The opening of PQ 2015: Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 18:00
Awards ceremony : the evening of Monday June 22, 2015.

* Please note that the preliminary program does not include all of the numerous live events taking place during PQ 2015. The full and final version of the program will be announced soon.

PQ 2015 Preliminary program