With the exhibition Faces of Water, the artists Theresa Schubert, Joshua G. Stein, Haseeb Ahmed, and Anna Ridler focus on region-specific water challenges and create, using datasets, AI, and a 3D printer for clay, a number of artworks on the frontier between art, technology, and science.
Water. We are facing unprecedented challenges around the globe. The ocean will change more in the next 100 years than in the past 50 million years. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising dramatically, and pollutants are constantly flowing into our streams from the industry. The importance of water often goes no further than its utilitarian value, but what about humanistic, moral, emotional, aesthetic, and ethical values? These remain unjustly below the waterline.
With the Faces of Water exhibition, Bozar is zooming in on recent research and artistic creations by four artists: Theresa Schubert, Joshua G. Stein, Haseeb Ahmed, and Anna Ridler. The foursome partnered with local scientists, engineers, and industrial partners. During a residency, they investigated some region-specific water challenges, from which a number of artworks on the border between art, technology, and science emerged using data sets, AI, and a 3D clay printer, among other tools. Be amazed, consider, question, and reflect upon the many faces of water.
During the opening weekend of the exhibition, from 21st to 23rd October, the installation Oceans in Transformations by STARTS Prize ‘21 winners Territorial Agency will be displayed in the Suzanne Bertouille Rotunda at the end of the Faces of Water exhibition circuit. The multi-channel video installation comes about through a study of the transformation of the seven seas due to human activities. A splendid screen-based digital reflection on the future of our environment in which the public can wander around: not to be missed!
The works presented in the exhibition are the results of residencies hosted by LUCA School of Arts, Gluon and Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, with the support of their local ecosystem of partners.
The exhibition is curated by Sofie Crabbé (BE, writer, curator, guest professor at LUCA School of Arts and KASK).
Bozar is a partner of the S+T+ARTS network and the STARTS4Water programme, co-financed by the European Commission’s S+T+ARTS initiative. The partners of the STARTS4Water consortium are LUCA School of Arts (Belgium) with the collaboration of Gluon (Belgium), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary - TBA-21 (Austria), Universal Research Institute (Croatia) ,V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (Netherlands), Ohi Pezoume/ UrbanDig Project (Greece) and Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy).
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