Art and Science Intra-action of Collecting Water from Fog. Ethical Response-Ability in Karen Barad’s Mattering, Ana RewakowiczΓιάννης Κουκουλάς
We are facing an environmental crisis of water scarcity. The art&science Mist Collector project addresses water shortage by looking at collecting water from fog. In my presentation I use Karen Barad’s agential realism that inspired by quantum theory, considers ‘matter’ as an active agent dissolving boundaries of dualistic thinking, to demonstrate how through art and science ‘intra-action’ we can bring forward imaginative solutions and produce poetic messages that invite the public to enact an “ethical response-ability,” by engaging with the artworks’ space, time and materiality. Mist Collector, by bringing ‘humanity’ to the scale of a single drop of water and by embarking the visitor aboard an Earth sized vessel sailing in the fog, states the necessity for all sentience – human and non-humans to start building a shared narrative, an uncertain shadow of an ever failing ecosophic Future/Present/Past that may still be shaped and imagined together.
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