Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WORLD WATER DAY!



Homage to the Seed pays tribute today to water... something so essential to life on this planet!




sophie munns
For a number of years my artwork explored water and fluidity... an incredibly rich area
for exploration ... this image is posted here at Seed Capsules.



March 22nd has been chosen to celebrate the UN World Water Day 2011
... links to the UN site here.

This is the first time in human history that most of the world's population live in cities: 3.3 billion people ...and the urban landscape continues to grow.



38% of the growth is represented by expanding slums, while the city populations are increasing faster than city infrastructure can adapt.

The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. 

This year theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge, aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.

You'll find much more at the Un website link above.

I also want to link you to Robyn at her wonderful blog: "fragments  treasures  memory" where she celebrates this important day with a wonderful post & excellent links ... you can visit here
Robyn is one of those animated individuals who makes a point of getting dialogue going through her blog to prompt stronger connections to what is important on this planet. Passion with equal measure equanimity and warmth ... its always a pleasure to visit Perth-based Robyn. Do visit and say I  sent you along!

















image found through Seed capsules


vapours:

by Louisiana Mei Gelpi
for an interesting read:  Salina Art Cemtre in the US is putting this event on later this year....looks fascinating...  love to be involved in something like this!


July 08, 2011 — June 17, 2012

Streams of Consciousness: The Histories, Mythologies, and Ecologies of Water

Recalling the Latin phrase Sine Qua Non (Without Which Nothing), the investigation of the nature of water and its relationship to humankind is a timely journey of beginnings, transformations, and critical necessities. Being one of the planet’s most vital natural resources, water is essential for life, embodying the chance of life or death in every drop. In all its forms—gas, liquid, solid—water permeates the fiber of every living being on earth and often goes unacknowledged until rivers run dry or bodies grow parched. 
Many of today’s artists are sensitive to water’s significant and complex role on earth. Through a broad range of perspectives and artistic practices, these artists brave the ambiguous tides and unknown depths to tap water’s myriad meanings and associations. Whether responding to the fantastical tales of seafaring pirates or the privatization of freshwater, artists gaze toward a watery horizon for discoveries and understanding of how water informs contemporary culture.
The Salina Art Center’s forthcoming exhibition approaches the topic of water on macro and micro, local and global scales. Including national and international artists and artist groups, the exhibition will unfold in three “waves” over the course of one year, providing ample time to fully plumb this seemingly boundless subject.  While conceptually organized into three distinct waves,—histories, mythologies, and ecologies—the physical manifestation of the exhibition and the related public programs will reflect the organic nature of water: diverse ideas, perspectives, and conversations will amorphously flow throughout this open-ended system of experimentation and discovery.

CURRENTS: Community Conversations about Water
In preparation for Streams of Consciousness, the Salina Art Center will host a series of public forums to establish a critical, community-wide discourse about the topic of water. Free and open to all, these focused conversations will be facilitated by the Swim Team—a group of area water specialists—and visiting artists researching water issues in Kansas.

Read more here!




5 comments:

rosaria said...

A
most impo0rtant topic!
I will link to your post today!

Sophie Munns said...

Lovely Rosaria... thats wold be wonderful... I was inspired by Robyn who Ive linked to here.... and some tweeters... where I found the Salina Art Centre (US) material at the bottom of this post.... looks fascinating!

Very critical story as you say... Have a good week!
S

Mary Zeran said...

In rainy Seattle, we often had drought for our summer weather. Nothing brings the importance of water to the forefront than a drought. Now in Iowa we have plenty but, it is water quality that is a concern. All the chemical runoff from the farms is so sad.

Thanks for a great post Sophie!

rosaria said...

p.s.
Your blog provides a great service, Sophie.
Thank you so very much.

Sophie Munns said...

Thats a really appalling thought Mary
... chemical cocktails from farmed lands escaping into the water systems! Happens here too! But where you live is so intensively farmed isnt it?

And I agree about drought!
Thank you!
S


Thanks Rosaria ...
It was a bit late last night.... but felt very important...and Robyn and tweeters did prompt me for which Im grateful!
S

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