wk 5 - who's water is this?

  • Who’s water is this? 
  • Take samples of water from various sites and ask the question : who’s water is this? 
  • The sample includes materials from the site
  • The sample and the water are frozen in a shallow vessel with a piece of water colour paper at the bottom. 
  • During the exhibition the ice melts and eventually the water evaporates. Highlighting both global warming and the risks of draught. 
  • Asking the question - who’s water is this ? brings up narratives concerning water politics, ownership, use, finality, possession, dispossession, indigenous history and colonial history. 
  • Also highlighting a question of identity and the abstract idea of water ownership. 
  • The work to be experienced with noise cancelling ear muffs / headphones to encourage listening through silence. 
  • There could be an accompanying photograph of site. 
  • The use of water colour paper - colonial impressions of Australia. 
  • We are left with a remnant once the water is dissolved. This remnant could then be photographed. 

 

MELBOURNE DRINKING WATER: 

https://www.melbournewater.com.au/community-and-education/about-our-water/water-supply

Follow the complex journey of our drinking water. 

Limited public access in order to maintain clean water 

Water system / veins 

Treatment 

Storage (5years) 

Movement/ manipulation/management 

http://www.kmart.com.au/product/glass-tray/1806336