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Wet Protocols (Living with Water – Southern Fringe of Ljubljana)

International waters, swamps, flood zones, body fluids, hygienic processes, liquid dreams, pools, sewage systems. All bodies of water. All wet concepts. All subjects of regulation. All written laws. All power systems. All political and social tools. All equally natural and cultural matters. All wet protocols.

International waters, swamps, flood zones, body fluids, hygienic processes, liquid dreams, pools, sewage systems. All bodies of water. All wet concepts. All subjects of regulation. All written laws. All power systems. All political and social tools. All equally natural and cultural matters. All wet protocols. 

This ongoing project seeks to challenge our understanding of the ways in which water has been and continues to be the subject of regulations and political agreements through multiple forms and mechanisms, and how various modes of cohabitation with water can materialize. The project is consolidated as an amphibious glossary that brings together a vast pool of concepts that span multiscaled lenses, from the scale of the physical body to an infrastructural one; from cultures and histories of people living in intimate proximity with bodies of water to legal and health narratives related to processes of urban hygiene and sanitation. This juxtaposition covers a vast territory of terms, protocols, concepts and ideas that suggest new interpretations of and approaches to the way we envision ways of negotiating cohabitation scenarios with water, while maintaining the claim that water is both a natural as well as a cultural asset.

The video is part of the exhibition Living with Water - Southern Fringe of Ljubljana at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) and Future Architecture. The exhibition looks at alternative urban development scenarios that consider the synergetic relationships between humankind and the natural environment.