Water extraction: our ressource and their milieu.
As part of From the forest hashes, The Soft Protest Digest was invited by Food Culture Days to produce a digital environment that will explore the different perspectives that one can have on water, as a ressource for our industrial societies, and a milieu for more-than-humans creatures. The collective unfolded this subject through their wiki and the 4 pages ☔️ Water series. Robin then drawn a wide diagram tackling all the different aspects of these 4 pages together; including water as well as salts, carbon and methane. Germano Dushá curated and programmed the 3D environment to let visitors dive into the diagram and reach the wiki pages.
Introduction to the 3D environment
Water is a central ingredient in the recipe of life. Life’s primordial element, “the cell”, is a fragment of the lifeless oceans of the past, that separated itself from them to exist. However, among the effects of climate change, the rise in temperature undoubtably impacts the way humans use water, as well as the stability of entire ecosystems. The region of Geneva plays a role in water extractivism, as the Swiss company Nestlé operates from Vevey. Indeed, Nestlé Waters has built a monopoly of the bottled water industry, operating from a country which power grid highly depends on hydroelectricity. Through the recordings and drawings of “Headwaters” digital platform, the Soft Protest Digest tries to unwind the water dispute, wether H2O is seen as a ressource for humans or as a milieu for wild species.
Visit the 3D environment
- 💦🧂🧬 Headwaters 3D environment — move and zoom in with your mouse.
(Parts of the drawing are hyperlinks to the ☔️ Water series pages.)
Liquid Desires with Tabita Rezaire
- 🔊 Liquide Desires — Podcast (48 min) — 2020.11.29 — Cayenne ~ Maastricht ~ Vevey
“Water is at the origin of life on Earth and, according to some recent research, even has its own memory. But what is the future of this precious and coveted natural resource whose stakes have social, geo-political, cultural and ecological repercussions? How will the water cycle react to increasingly dramatic tensions and violence?” That was the starting point of a friendly dialogue between Tabita Rezaire and Robin from The Soft Protest Digest.