Water Works and Out of Water Exhibitions

Presented by the Humanities and Sciences Division
February 4–11, 2011
Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus

Reception: Tues., Feb. 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m., followed by a lecture in Nahl Hall
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. (closed Wed. morning)
Info: 510.597.3709 or humanitiesandsciences@cca.edu

Water Works showcases works of architecture, art, design, and writing produced by students in CCA's four fall 2010 Water Works courses. In Water Works, four studio instructors from across the college thematized issues around water and invited an "embedded scientist" to come into the studio to provide science instruction. The program aimed to explore ways to meaningfully integrate science into art and design education.

Out of Water is on view simultaneously in the Oliver Art Center. While water scarcity is a problem of global proportions, it is particularly significant and potentially irreversible in arid zones. Finding solutions for inhabiting the desert sustainably will not only mitigate the effects of water scarcity but may also slow down desertification. Faced with a shortage of water, how will existing and future cities and landscapes adjust to the drastic environmental shift? Out of Water is a response to this looming challenge. The goal of the exhibition is to constructively reimagine urban futures through the use of water technologies and to delineate an expanded vocabulary of water resources, water quality, and infrastructural/architectonic relations to our urban environments.

Out of Water was designed and curated by University of Toronto faculty members Aziza Chaouni and Liat Margolis. The exhibition features their work and work by several other architects, including CCA faculty members David Fletcher and Andrew Kudless.