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The Water Office: Coliform Project

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Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

2801 16th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20009

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A series of workshops aims to explore the current debate on global water challenges through artistic practices, presenting art both as a tool of action and a key element to rethink the importance of artistic practices in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Water Office is a new project by Spanish curator Blanca de la Torre. Through different workshops, the Water Office seeks to provide a platform for those voices acting as "trenches" in the “water wars” that were predicted at the end of last century. In this context, art presents itself as an effective tool when addressing climate change and environmental crisis, and provides a framework for cultural practices to be aligned with the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

All workshops are developed and facilitated by different artists and present a theory proposal, a collaborative practice, and a final exhibition, in which the results of the workshops will be displayed. For the artists facilitating the workshops, sustainability and ecological problems are key elements of their work and research, and their experience gives the audience the opportunity to explore water challenges from different approaches. Artists, professors, curators, writers, cultural workers, and anyone interested in the relationship between art and ecology are encouraged to participate in the workshops.

The resulting collaborative artwork will be on display at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain from June 27 to September 27.

The workshop begins with opening remarks and introduction by Spanish curator Blanca de la Torre.

THE COLIFORM PROJECT

  • With Juan Zamora.
  • On Saturday, June 22 from 10 am to 1 pm. Location TBD. Participants will receive a brown bag lunch of Spanish food at 1:30 pm.
  • On Monday, June 24 from 2 pm to 5 pm. At Former Residence of Ambassadors of Spain.
  • On Sunday, June 30 from 2 pm to 3 pm. At Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
  • Open to musicians. Max. 20 participants. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.

This workshop aims to interpret contaminated water samples cultured in petri dishes as music sheets to be performed by local musicians. Participants will take samples of contaminated water from different bodies of water in Washington, D.C., culture the samples in petri dishes with agar, experiment and interpret the different results during the workshop, and finally, as a public art event, the samples will be performed live by musicians from the local community at Sound Scene 2019: Amplify presented by DC Listening Lounge at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

First Part. On Saturday, June 22 from 10 am to 1 pm. Location TBD.

During this session, the guest artist will explain the methodology and ask participants to take samples of contaminated water from different bodies of water in Washington, D.C. and culture the samples in petri dishes with agar.

Second Part. On Monday, June 24 from 2 pm to 5 pm. At Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain.

Participants will study, experiment, and interpret the results through musical score composition.

Thirds Part. On Sunday, June 30 from 2 pm to 3 pm. At Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

As a public art event, the contaminated water samples cultured in petri dishes will be interpreted as sheets music and performed live by musicians from the local community at Sound Scene 2019: Amplify presented by DC Listening Lounge at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.




How to get to Former Residence of Ambassadors of Spain: The best way to arrive is by public transportation. The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow line). Limited metered and two-hour zoned parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Public parking garage is available at DC USA Shopping Mall (Columbia Heights Metro Station).

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