Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water that tells stories of the people and places it comes from. It is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it.

Water is our most basic need but also our most overlooked, throwaway substance. We claim kinship with every water metaphor, yet in our actions we defend against it, squeezing and pumping, chlorinating and piping, soothed by our certainty that it will pour from our taps at a twist of our fingers.

It is time to re-examine our connection with the water that surrounds us, to develop a new relationship: to consider what is precious about it and how we are using it now in order to explore how we might care for it in the future. We are all implicated in this.

Museum of Water has travelled to over 50 different sites worldwide, been visited by over 60,000 people, and currently holds over 1,000 bottles in the collection. In celebration of our access to fresh water, always running alongside the Museum is our Water Bar, a free pop-up outdoor bar serving fresh water from the nearest source.

Begun in 2013, in a time of relative plenty in Britain, Museum of Water travels across the world gathering collections of water for future generations to consider. The collection holds ghost water and bad dream water, water from the last ice age, a melted snowman as well as Norwegian spit, three types of urine and two different breaths. It holds water from Lourdes, Mecca and the Ganges, Mediterranean sea beside a refugee camp on Lesvos and water from an aboriginal grandmother remembering the stolen generation and the disappearing wetlands of Western Australia.

Explore our Collection online, listen to donors’ speaking about their water, keep an eye out for future events and bring your own water.

Choose what water is precious to you.
Help us build a collection of water for future generations to enjoy.
What water will you keep?

Wonderful work @busanbiennale ❤️❤️❤️

Sea Art Festival 2021: Non-/Human Assemblages Busan Biennale
October 16–November 14, 2021

This year, the Sea Art Festival ...embraces the flux, precarity, and the unknown within which we all find ourselves, by tracing the liquid flows running across all human and non-human bodies that enmesh us in a complex assemblage of friction, resonance, and kinship.

In the age of bio-ecological collapse and socio-political upheaval, how do we become porous and extend our consciousness beyond the self? To evoke Jasbir Puar’s thinking from her essay ‘I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess’: “Assemblages do not privilege bodies as human, nor as residing within a human animal/nonhuman animal binary. Along with a de-exceptionalizing of human bodies, multiple forms of matter can be bodies—bodies of water, cities, institutions, and so on.” Sea Art Festival 2021 invites visitors to experience uncanny, joyful, and unsettling encounters with our own non-humanness and the many worlds we all inhabit, especially those we cannot always immediately perceive. A fluid, evolving ecology, constantly renewing as we morph, a non-/human assemblage asks us to question, with curiosity and humility, how and why exist in relation to one another rather than as discrete subjects.

Referring to the always hybrid assemblage of matters that constitutes watery embodiment, we might say that we have never been (only) human. This is not to forsake our inescapable humanness, but to suggest that the human is always also more-than-human.

Astrida Neimanis, Bodies of Water

#seaartfestival #water #busanbiennale #nonhumanassemblages #precarity #humanandnonhuman #morethanhuman
#friction #resonance #kinship #porous #museumofwater

Unlearning Museums: Talking with Water

22 Sept 2021
6pm IST/1.30 BST Zoom

@AmySharrocks artist @SaraAhmed founder @MuseumWaters in coversation moderated by #PhilippePypaert ...@unescoWATER @IISERPune


#water #museumofwater #unlearningmuseums

Amy Sharrocks, Sara Ahmed, Philippe Pypaert: Unlearning Museums: Talking with Water

Water Talk on 22 Sept 2021 at 6 pm, IST on Zoom

The conversation is part of The Indian Institute ...of Science Education and Research Pune (IISER PUNE) special series on Communicating Water – Advancing a New Water Ethics.

Water museums all over the world exhibit and interpret an outstanding liquid heritage, both tangible and intangible, from ancient artefacts and technologies to strategies to combat water scarcity, pollution and climate change. But while museums are traditionally repositories of our fluid past, water teaches us to ‘museum’ differently, if we can listen carefully to what it says and shows us. From the crashing of waves to mass movements of people across oceans, from parched landscapes to winding queues waiting patiently for their turn at the tap, from rituals across the circle of life to stories, music and the arts, water crosses physical terrains and institutional boundaries to stir our imagination, shape our relationships and provide us with the wisdom to build a better future, if only we can hear it.

In this conversation, Amy Sharrocks (artist, Museum of Water) and Sara Ahmed (founder,
Living Waters Museum) talk about their journeys, building innovative water museums that seek to challenge structural inequality, respect Indigenous and marginalised voices and empower youth through collaborative partnerships in a fragile world. The conversation will be moderated by Philippe Pypaert (UNESCO ), one of the key individual founders of the Global Network of Water Museums, launched in 2017 and endorsed by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrology Program in 2018 as a special initiative towards Sustainable Development Goal 6 on access to clean water.

Registration Link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Posted @withregram • @theslowfactory 🌿Nearly 150 years ago, white colonists planted Eucalyptus trees all over the world. While they had various reasons for their frenzy of planting––their ...perceived beauty, their potential as a fast-growing fuel resource, or the belief that the tree would cure tropical diseases and dry up the swamps in newly seized land––the tree has become a symbol of settler colonialism.

The globalization of Eucalyptus was a misguided attempt to exercise economic and social power over conquered lands. The tree spread across colonized lands, including India, Thailand, Palestine, Lebanon, South Africa, and California.

And now, in the midst of our climate crisis, people in these former colonies are paying the price for this notorious example of green colonialism. Although the trees did dry up swamps, they dried up a whole lot more. By nature, Eucalyptus is a thirsty tree that increases the effects of water scarcity in areas like Lebanon,Palestine, and Kenya––regions facing acute water insecurity.

Why? Because the tree has no natural predators. In Australia, where the tree species originated, mammals evolved to feed and digest the trees’ nutrient-poor and often toxic leaves and bark. In other ecosystems, the Eucalyptus tree became an invasive species that poses an ongoing threat to wildlife and biodiversity. Additionally, the tree resin is highly, highly flammable––making areas like the West Bank of Palestine and California even more vulnerable to uncontrollable wildfires.

Indigenous land stewardship is a critical part of the solution to this imbalance, as are tree-planting efforts that prioritize native species and continued care for the seedlings (It’s cheap and easy to “plant a tree,” which is why so many companies use it to greenwash their carbon footprint; It’s far more labor-intensive to take care of those trees and cultivate them into a thriving forest.)🌱

ID: A bumper sticker on the back of an old, vintage pick up truck. The bumper sticker reads: " Eucalyptus trees are symbols of colonialism " There's a small line drawing of a eucalyptus tree to the right of the text. A white Slow Factory icon is in the bottom right corner.

Rain falls on Greenland summit for the first time.

Report via @nbc

#rain #notice #water #museumofwater
...#firstrain #lastdrop
#rising #turnthetide

Posted @withregram • @wearenorth99 Videos are courtesy of @theslapppps

Some of these communities have had a whole generation living without clean drinking water.

Southern Water in the U.K. has been fined a record £90m for dumping sewage into sea.

The company pleaded guilty to 6,971 unlawful sewage discharges between 2010 and 2015, found to be ...caused by ‘deliberate failings’ and polluting rivers in Kent, Hampshire and Sussex.

The court was told Southern Water “deliberately presented a misleading picture of compliance” to the Environment Agency, hindering proper regulation of the company.

Mr Justice Jeremy Johnson, sentencing the privatised water company, said it had discharged between 16bn and 21bn litres of raw sewage into some of the most precious, delicate environments in the country. “These offences show a shocking and wholesale disregard for the environment, for precious and delicate ecosystems and coastlines, for human health, and for fisheries and other legitimate businesses that operate in the coastal waters,” said the judge.

Southern Water said it is “deeply sorry” for the historic incidents that led to the sentencing and fine.

#pleadingguilty #unlawfulsewage #deliberatefailings
#water #environment

Some recent legal successes
#peoplecare #watercare
#water #law #waterlaw #flood
#alwayswas #alwayswillbe

Posted @withregram • @decolonizemyself 1. Thunder Bay Supreme Court ...sides with Lac Seul First Nation over flooding compensation Canada's top court set aside $30M award, sent matter back to Federal Court
The Canadian Press.

2. Construction of the Ear Falls hydroelectric dam in the late 1920s flooded nearly 20 per cent of Lac Seul's reserve land without the First Nation's consent or compensation. (Ontario Power
Generation) The Lac Seul First Nation of northern Ontario has won a key round in its long fight to be properly compensated for the flooding of its lands caused by construction of a dam.

3. A hydroelectric dam to supply power to Winnipeg was built in 1929 under an agreement between Canada, Ontario and Manitoba. Lac Seul First Nation is located on the south shore of Lac Seul, about 290 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.

4. The project involved raising the water level of Lac Seul by about three metres to create a reservoir. It proceeded despite warnings about damage the flooding would cause to the Lac Seul First Nation reserve, and without lawful authorization or the consent of those affected. Almost one-fifth of the best land on the reserve was permanently flooded, destroying homes and wild rice fields and submerging gravesites.

We have had the opportunity to work with incredible photographers across the world, some over years. We are thankful for the brilliance of Ruth Corney, Ben Blossom, Lucy Carruthers, Pete Tweedie (UK), Salih Kilic (NL), Jess Wyld, Jacqueline Jane (WA), whose work features across this site. How to have a 3 minute shower by the brilliant Jen Jamieson and The Oceanic Sessions were part of Museum of Water WA.

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