The Water School is a working exhibition in the studio of Studio Makkink & Bey, and a springboard from which to develop a school that, in the near future, will be opened in the heart of the M4H district. Using the IABR as a platform and branching out from the M4H district, the hinterland of Studio Makkink & Bey, the goal is to create an active archive and network which are to be activated and used to establish the Water School.
Starting on June 1, during the biennale, the exhibition will be open to the public on six consecutive Fridays. The Studio will present its findings and lecturers from the cultural, private and administrative sectors will share their views on water and education through presentations and discussions.
The Harvesting Day delves into the phenomena of locality and circularity, related to (food)production. It questions what we eat, where it was harvested, and how this might or might not affect our health. Can a school not only teach its pupils about maths and geography, but also about what it means to live healthily?
Guest lecturer Jos Klarenbeek has analyzed the dairy production chain from cow to consumer. Within the current mass-production systems, 1020 litres of fresh water is needed to produce one kg of milk. Questioning this and the mass-production of dairy in general, Jos Klarenbeek designed a Cowtarium: an installation built around a single cow which represents a down-sized production cycle within which all the steps necessary for the production of milk take place at the same spot.
The second guest lecturer, Aliki van der Kruijs, wondered if it is possible to wear the weather? She therefore developed an entirely new technique: pluviagraphy. Applied to textiles and ceramics, raindrops are captured in ink and glaze, creating site- and time-specific textiles and ceramics.
location: Studio Makkink & Bey, Marconistraat 85, Rotterdam
date: June 15
the exhibition is open from 2 until 7 pm, the lectures and discussions are scheduled between 4 and 6 pm
admission is free, but note that if you want to attend the lectures and discussions registration is required through this link