Call opens: Friday 17 June 2011
Call closes: Friday 15 July 2011
Exhibition duration: 20 October 2011 – 20 January 2012
Calling all armchair hydrologists, liquid artists, part-time diviners, fluid technologists and steamy scientists! This October Science Gallery asks ‘what is the future of water?’. This theme will form the basis for a major exhibition and series of events at the Science Gallery, to run from October 2011 till January 2012.
Water is a potentially all-encompassing theme – from the amazing physical properties of water, to its destructive and life-giving power in nature, and its role in both human development and conflict. It flows through us, as blood, sweat and tears. It is venerated, coveted, spoiled and fought over. It has as many meanings and functions as it has physical forms; we regularly encounter water as liquid, solid and vapour. Water can be soothing, an instrument of healing, accelerated through water cannon as a weapon, or used to cut rock and metal. One billion people lack access to it in its most valuable form, as clean drinking water. Clean water is running out – and around the world it is used as a weapon of power and a tool in political conflict.
What innovations might help us to acquire new sources of water, or help us to conserve it? What is our relationship to water? What will a water-scarce future look like? What creative ways are there of envisaging this? With Dublin facing likely water shortages in the coming decades, the exhibition could help audiences to inform and involve themselves in the complex global and local issues around water, and the choices this city is likely to face in the near future. How can the works on exhibition link the local to the global?