Our Water: Six Models for the Future
27 October 2016 – 17 September 2017
Water is energy, life, a daily constant, an asset. Water is simply there – it shapes and determines our existence. We have a fixed idea in our heads of Switzerland as the “Alpine reservoir” of Europe, but this is threatened by recurrent sweltering summers and snowless winters. Societal development and climate change are also factors that will affect the availability of our water.
“Our Water” ventures a look into the future while making the link between research and fiction. Starting from the current scientific standpoint, four contemporary authors have come up with six models for our future existence with water. The one theme they all share: people talking about their everyday lives in the year 2051. We hear them speak about a control chip for monitoring personal water usage, for example, and a mega ski resort high in the mountains. By playfully exploring what might just happen, “Our Water” calls into question our present-day relationship to water.
Literary and conceptual input
Ruth Schweikert (concept and text)
Katja Brunner, Renata Burckhardt, Gianna Molinari (text)
Oeschger Centre, Bern University