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Katherine Ball and Ted Marino, in collaboration with Excellando film-design collective (Benoît Verjat and Alexis de Raphelis)

http://floatinguniversity.org/en/water

Ohlauer Strasse 6, Berlin, Germany
Author Katherine Ball is the ‘Water Filtration and Infiltration’ artist-in-residence at Floating University, katherineball.com. Co-author Ted Marino is a writer based in Madison, Wisconsin. Marino and Ball’s previous books include: Not Broken Yet and Utopia Walks Away everydayinfrastructure.net/notbrokenyet everydayinfrastructure.net/utopiawalksaway. Visual choreographers Benoît Verjat and Alexis de Raphelis make up the French design-film collective Excellando, excellando.com

The Water Runs Through Us


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

The Water Runs Through Us


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
A mythic tale about Floating University that ruminates on our place in the water cycle and interweaves the Open Calls.
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Think back to an experience in your life you shared with water.
Were you caught in the rain? Swimming in the ocean? Walking on a frozen lake?

Technology is only part of the answer to our challenges with water. What’s missing is our relationship with water. How will life change as our relationship to water transforms?

This mythic tale shares the story of a participatory water filtration system developed at Floating University Berlin (floatinguniversity.org/en/water). This story will describe how water moves through Floating University’s site: beginning as rain landing on Tempelhof airport, draining into a polluted rainwater basin, flowing through Floating University’s water system, and cascading into the Spree River and ocean. The myth will take inspiration from the Open Calls, integrating them into its magical realism. Told from the perspective of water, it will oscillate from singular to plural (‘I’ to ‘we’) as water changes states, from water molecules to clouds to oil slicks.



The Water Runs Through Us


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

The Water Runs Through Us


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
A mythic tale about Floating University that ruminates on our place in the water cycle and interweaves the Open Calls.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Think back to an experience in your life you shared with water.
Were you caught in the rain? Swimming in the ocean? Walking on a frozen lake?

Technology is only part of the answer to our challenges with water. What’s missing is our relationship with water. How will life change as our relationship to water transforms?

This mythic tale shares the story of a participatory water filtration system developed at Floating University Berlin (floatinguniversity.org/en/water). This story will describe how water moves through Floating University’s site: beginning as rain landing on Tempelhof airport, draining into a polluted rainwater basin, flowing through Floating University’s water system, and cascading into the Spree River and ocean. The myth will take inspiration from the Open Calls, integrating them into its magical realism. Told from the perspective of water, it will oscillate from singular to plural (‘I’ to ‘we’) as water changes states, from water molecules to clouds to oil slicks.




Idea by

Katherine Ball and Ted Marino, in collaboration with Excellando film-design collective (Benoît Verjat and Alexis de Raphelis)
Ohlauer Strasse 6
Berlin
Germany
Author Katherine Ball is the ‘Water Filtration and Infiltration’ artist-in-residence at Floating University, katherineball.com. Co-author Ted Marino is a writer based in Madison, Wisconsin. Marino and Ball’s previous books include: Not Broken Yet and Utopia Walks Away everydayinfrastructure.net/notbrokenyet everydayinfrastructure.net/utopiawalksaway. Visual choreographers Benoît Verjat and Alexis de Raphelis make up the French design-film collective Excellando, excellando.com