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The Water Office

Page from the book “Explorers’ Sketchbook. The art of discovery & nature, Chronicle Books”


The project The Water Office seeks to offer, through artistic practices, a platform for dissenting voices to function as “trenches” in the “water wars” which were predicted at the end of the last century and have already begun.

Inspired by Humboldt, the first scientist to warn about climate change, Tania Candiani proposed a literary experience and visual and sound, recording while walking along a path between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River, in Washington DC.

The artist chose fragments of Humboldt’s Personal Narrative where the botanist narrated the world as one vast interconnected system, with three dimensional times, all as an ecological system. The walk had the purpose to call attention to the mechanisms of observation and emotional approach to landscape, creating a web of interconnections between the nature world through the personal lens of the participants.

As a result, Walking the River, shows a group of artworks: an audiovisual essay with the recordings and a selection of texts from all the participants in the workshop; notebooks with drawings, frottages, and treasures picked during the walk along the river; a wall installation with a selection of documentation resulted from her research in the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History at Smithsonian, specially focused in collections related with the construction of the Washington Aqueduct and the Water Supply Commission, as well as some other selected materials found in antique bookshops.



Venue: Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain. Washington, US

 June 27 – September 27

Curator: Blanca de la Torre
Participating artists: Basurama, Tania Candiani, Juanli Carrión, Elena Lavellés, Rachel Schmidt, Juan Zamora.


More information: https://www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/fair-water-the-water-office/

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