Reading Water engages all interested, encouraging specifically young people (students and/or in their early career) in the UK and Egypt to respond to water issues by connecting local experiences of their place, sharing them, and transforming them in collective answers with digital tools, emerging from a contemplative ecology.
It aims to mobilize action by raising awareness on the preservation of water, water cleanliness, sacred water and cultural flow through a contemplative ecology of empathy, collaboration, imagination and technological innovation.
Reading Water brings scientists, thinkers, technologists and young people together to work collaboratively on locative media, digital walks and interactive maps, concerned with impactful activities, river sustainability and climate action.
The focus will be on using locative media technologies and other collaborative tools to codesign ecological restoration and digital art projects along the rivers Nile (Egypt) and Thames (UK).
This interactive program spread over the period of a month invites young participants form Egypt and UK to create collaborative digitally located art projects that will be loaded into an interactive open access map. Framed by contemplative ecology, the focus will be on using locative media technologies and other collaborative tools to codesign ecological restoration art projects along the rivers Nile (Egypt) and Thames (UK).
The program includes a series of online talks and interviews with significant thinkers and doers, remote performances and simultaneous actions that create the environment for group exchange, learning and creating. The workshops will be timetabled over a 4- week period in three sections, online board game, online lectures performative and outdoors talks/ group discussions.
The Reading Water project focuses on interdisciplinary and collaborative ways of working with researchers, participants and an international network of locative media experts and programmers (Supercluster). It aims to mobilise action by raising awareness on the preservation of water, water cleanliness, sacred water and cultural flow through a contemplative ecology of empathy, collaboration, imagination and innovation.
An open online introduction session for all interested to apply or with a general interest in the topic of Contemplative Ecology and Locative Media will be organized at the end of October. Let us know your interest here and we’ll send you an invitation.
Eman Abdou is a visual artist and an assistant professor at the faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Egypt. Member of art POWA, Rhodes University.
University of Notre Dame
Archaeologist, academic, writer, curator and artist. Adjunct Associate Professor in Archaeology and Sustainability Studies at University of Notre Dame. Specialist in the philosophical school of phenomenology, the archaeology of water, theoretical landscape archaeology and sustainability.
Geert Vermeire, Artist, Poet and Locative Media Expert. Co-founder of Supercluster non profit and walk · listen · create, team member of noTours and collaborator of escoitar, and core team member of CGeomap.
Simona Vermeire, PhD in Comparative Literature, Post Doc Researcher in the Ontology of plants (Critical Plant Studies) Uminho University, PT. Specific research interest in the connection between literature, arts, and science and the concept of consilience.
Location based media explorer, Co-founder of the CGeomap project and the Supercluster NGO, creator of the GPS Museum Database and member of the Oika network.
Supercluster invites world leading scholars and experts in the fields of ecology, humanities, sciences and arts, next to local and indigineous people, to enrich horizontal learning and group creation in processes with collaborative thinking about our planet, in the format of courses, workshops, games, and by creating locative media artworks.
We coordinate, organize and design collaboratively courses, workshops, educational games, collaborative projects and processes in an integrative approach to relationships with one another and with the more-than-human Earth via locative practices and locative media.