ACIDIC WATERS - Designing for coexistence

Speculative Design Seminar

In collaboration with Mayrit Bienal.

With Marcin Rusak, Speculative EDU, Erez Nevi Pana, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Ippolito Pestellini (2050+).

6 online sessions
Every Thursday from 19:00 to 21:00 GMT+1
Starting March 31st to May 5th
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150€ registration fee

Early birds discount of 15% until March 21th 130€

“With increased acidification in freshwater ecosystems, there will be a decrease in biodiversity, with the increased loss of acid-sensitive species”*

* The Effect of Coal Utilization Emissions on Natural and Man-managed Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems". Environmental Impacts of Coal Mining & Utilization. Elsevier. 1987. pp. 282–318

At a time of ecological fragility, a review of the extractivist approach we continue to exercise over the planet's natural resources is necessary in order to experiment with new methodologies for ecosocial transition. The critical situation of water, a natural, public resource, inherent to human rights and fundamental for the development of our ecologies, proves the reality that our ecosystem is fragile and dependent on many other agents. Understanding water as a political subject can be key to imagine new contexts in which to experiment and think about future ways of relating.

Acidic Waters is an online seminar that will delve into the possibilities that speculative design oers for the generation of new desirable futures. New narratives that can lead us to deploy a relationship with water, understanding it as a space for debate, a place of mediation and a resource for speculation and proposition. In this aspect, a design exercise based on future projection processes can stimulate and give rise to a critical review of both our thinking and our material practices.


-    Session I (March 31st 2022)
Institute for Postnatural Studies

 -   Session II (April 7th 2022)
Marcin Rusak
    Marcin Rusak (born in 1987, Warsaw, Poland) is an artist and multidisciplinary designer interested in ideas of value, ephemerality and aesthetics. Specializing in storytelling, process and material investigation his work often incorporates research, object and installation as well as visual creations to explore overlooked details of our lives which recreated and re-imagined are shown again in a different light.

-   Session III (TBC - April 14th 2022)
Speculative EDU
    SpeculativeEdu is an educational, project funded by ERASMUS+, the European Union programme for education, training, youth, and sport, with the aim of strengthening speculative design education by collecting and exchanging existing knowledge and experience whilst developing new methods in the field of speculative design. Its scope is to collect, exchange, reflect upon, develop, and advance educational practice in the area of speculative design and its self-critical approach.

-   Session IV (April 21st 2022)
Erez Nevi Pana
    Nevi Pana’s investigations of salt has developed into a long-term research project; he has been working with salt in the Dead Sea for the past eight years—investigating the devastating imbalance of an over-abundance of salt caused by the industrialization and mineral extraction of the region. The culmination of this research is a body of work entitled Bleached (2018), where Pana submerges wooden structures encased in loofah into the Dead Sea to absorb the wasted salt, which then crystallize like coral formations over time.

-   Session V (April 28th 2022)
Verónica Gerber Bicecci
    Verónica Gerber Bicecci is a visual artist who writes. She has published the books: Mudanza, La Compañía, Otro día… (poemas sintéticos), Empty Set, which won the 3rd International Aura Estrada Literature prize and the Otra Mirada Cálamo prize, and Migrant Words. Some of his most recent projects and visual interventions are: the vocabulary b in muca Roma, Mexico City; at the Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art, Zacatecas; and the curatorial tale In Bambi's Eye at Whitechapel Gallery, London. She was an editor at the Tumbona editions cooperative and a tutor at the Photographic Production Seminar at the Centro de la Imagen. She is currently part of the soma teaching team and is a scholarship holder of the Fonca National System of Art Creators.

-   Session VI (TBC - May 5th 2022)
Ippolito Pestellini (2050+)
    Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli is an architect and curator based in Milan. He is the founder of the interdisciplinary agency 2050+. Currently he teaches at the Royal College of Arts in London. Pestellini has recently co-curated Manifesta’s 12th edition (2018) taking place in Palermo and has edited Palermo Atlas, the preparatory investigation on the Sicilian capital (Humboldt books, 2018). Between 2007 and 2019 he has worked as architect and partner at OMA where his work focused on research and curation, scenography and preservation.

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