Intricate carvings adorning the levels of the
stepped well near the town of Pātaṇ - the medieval capital of the Soḷankī monarchs of Gujarat. The stepped well was constructed in memory of King Bhīma
Deva by his widow, Queen Udayamatī in the 11th Century
CE, earning it the name of Rāṇī kī vāv – the Queen’s Well. The intricate carvings include images
of Hindu deities and other celestial beings.
Two networked machines, one infected with a virus, slowly infects the other through the interface of classic romantic poetry.
A breakdown in the relationship was inevitable once the virus had seeped into the memory of one machine and then into the other through a singular network cable affecting the poetic text files. Communication between the two deteriorated, leading to irrational & at times odd behaviour. Each machine reacted with equal confusion and conflict. The interface text became an illegible poetic mutation of itself.
Museum of Water is an invitation to take part and to have your say.
The context we are making this work in has changed with each new water crisis. The Museum’s travels around Britain began and continued in years of repeated and catastrophic floods, first in Somerset then in Cumbria. The American water crises of Flint, Nestle and DAPL have brought new focus to global water management and sourcing. Water rights have never been so hotly contested: the bottled water industry nears a global market value of $200 billion, with a huge alternative cost to the world in plastic consumption.
We have had the chance to travel from the Netherlands to Australia, from flood to drought, re-tracing ancient trade routes for a whole new exchange. We work in Australia now in the age of a ‘nil by water’ immigration policy, but also at a time when rivers nearby have been given human rights. Before our eyes the Mediterranean Sea has turned from pleasure garden to graveyard, as the flood of refugees escaping from a drought and water war in Syria has brought to breaking point the coping and caring strategies of different countries, questioning our kindness and threatening the very coalition of Europe.
No one could have predicted the shocking change of contexts this water work has encountered, and of course our relationship with water will continue to adapt rapidly over the coming years, in new and unexpected ways. Museum of Water is an act of witness. It explores the boundary lines of our bodies and our thinking, and considers more fluid way of understanding the world and our inter-relations.
Museum of Water has travelled to over 50 different sites worldwide, been visited by over 40,000 people, and currently holds over 1000 bottles in the collection. These range from a melted snowman to a burst London water main and water from the last ice age, a muddy puddle in Birmingham to a canal in Rotterdam, water from Lourdes, Mecca and the Ganges, condensation from a Falmouth window, Ghost water and bad dream water, 20-year-old evaporated snow from Maine, a new born baby’s bath water, Norwegian spit, three types of urine, two different breaths and water from a bedside table said to be infused with dreams.
Eadi Solanki-Jackson (2007) - Water from a river in India
Rebecca Sharrocks (8-10/03/2013) - Rain Water collected over 2 days
Kipp Bryan (10/03/2013) - Sea water, fizzy water, and a bath bomb
Sidney (08/03/2013) - Water from my brother’s bath, 1 week after his operation. Water makes him feel better
Amy Sharrocks (19/05/2009) - Water from the Thames, collected at the end of the WALBROOK River Walk
Rocky (2012 Summer Holiday) - Greek painting with blue and white. Inside stones from Greece. The tap water reminds me of the sea and my holiday
Violet Bensley (10/03/2013) - Rusty water from my bird bath
Jesse Allmon (12/03/2013) - Water from my fish tank
Esme Supple (10/03/2013) - Hospital water and tap water
Some people say the worst way to miss someone is when they are right next to you and you know you can’t have them. But the worst is when you thought you didn’t want them anymore and then all of a sudden you realise you can’t live without them.
Photography Yolanda Y. Liou Fashion Alicia Rodriguez Apricio Models Tatyana Bryk and Gabriella Pires at Wild Management and Agustina Ruiz at Premier Model Management Hair Miley Shen Make-Up Xabier Celaya Clothes Guinness, The Frankie Shop, Mango, Mainstay, Forming, Julien Macdonald, Annabelle, Topshop, Maison Martin Margiela, Solanki, Aki Design, Hugo Boss, The Kooples, Kurt Geiger, H&M and Maje
An Indian girl wearing traditional attire poses for photographers as she along with others perform the Garba, a traditional dance of western Indian state of Gujarat, as part of preparation for Navratri festival in Ahmadabad, India. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)