THE DESIGN THEME: A Landmark
The design task is to conceive and realize installations (i.e.: conceptual, sound, visual, physical, etc.) aimed at both celebrating water in its many different forms and making people more conscious of its sustainable use as well as of its crucial importance for the future of the planet. The workshop has been conceived as a design & craft studio environment, where emphasis will be put in translating ideas into manufacturing.
Water is essential to life.
Our body is mostly water - and almost every living form on the planet is dependent by water. Water has also been a mean of transportation for both people and goods, either on an official level (cargo ships, cruises) or on an unofficial, not to say illegal one (smuggling, migration flows).
Throughout the centuries, water has been employed as sanitation device for bathing, washing or flushing, as an energy source in watermills or hydroelectric plants and as the most recurrent chemical solvent. Notwithstanding the crucial role always played by this essential element, today we are facing two contradictory water-related issues caused by the global warming: the progressive desertification on one side contrasted with the possible rise of melting of ice on the other.
In other words that is the lack of water for a part of the planet and the possible abundance due to the rising of the sea level for the other. In such a contradictory scenario, what designers can do is learning and understanding what water has been in the past, what it is now, and what it could be in the next future, using historical references and experiences as a resource to imagine the planet to come and develop innovative projects aimed at increasing the awareness of decision makers and the people at large and use water in a more sustainable way.
The proposed Summer school aims at fostering knowledge on the different uses of water and on finding possible more sustainable ways of keeping on collecting, retrieving and using it at all latitudes and at all scales. In order to accomplish such a goal, the school will take place in a location, Sicily, where water has historically played a critical role on social, cultural, political and practical terms and continues to do so.
The 2018 workshop will take place in Favara, Sicily from June 4th-10th.