Waterwheel World Water Day Symposium is becoming a yearly initiative in order to celebrate Water and bring together the Waterwheel community. The second edition , last year, had a terrific line up of more than 100 presenters from around the world and 7 nodes on 5 continents. (See documentation on the Waterwheel blog – type 3WDS13 in the search box.)

This edition symposium 3WDS14 will came up with a strong theme “Water Views: Caring and Daring” and an inaugurated with Riccardo Petrella and Ulay. It promotes exchange between people who are concerned with water issues – for a better sharing of knowledge, perspectives and governance – through Waterwheel, an online platform dedicated to water.

The team of Water Wheel is so efficient and the Initiator and co-founder of the innovative project is Suzon Fuks a Brisbane based media artist, choreographer and director who explores the integration and interaction of dance and moving image through performance, screen, installation and online work.

She is currently an Australia Council for the arts fellowship recipient. Fuks describes her new work, Waterwheel, as “an online space” where you can interact, share, and debate about water as a topic and metaphor, with people around world or right next door! It is cost free, accessible with just a click, and open to everyone of all ages. It fosters creativity, collaboration and inter-cultural generation exchange.


She have been fascinated by water for many years, collecting video, stills and sound, interested by its contrasts and extremes – transparency, opacity, stillness, turbulence and violence; by its movements and patterns. “Researching networked performance, looking at meshing form and content, I observed that water’s fluidity, stripes and rhythms make links between graphic, choreographic, musical and cinematic forms.”

The symposium will happen online and started next week; It will be participants in five continents. Oceania, America, Europe, Africa and Asia; with Children, youth, communities, TED talkers, scientists, activists, writers and artists will interact with audience online and in 18 nodes (physical venues) in Argentina, Australia, Colombia, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Israel, Morocco, New Zealand, Poland, USA, Taiwan & Tunisia. Many cities: Berlin, Tunis, New York, Athens, Casablanca, Buenos Aires, Belgrade, Wellington, Byron Bay, AAC platform in Macerata in Italy and many others. Nodes are physical venues for screening portions of the program to local audiences, as well as for hosting presenters.

The symposium will be a week-long series of online events representing a diverse collection of geographically-dispersed individuals and communities. In a polyhedral fusion of culture: contemporary art, music and science with a particular attention for young people.

In this rich calendar also will be “Hybrid Cartographies” talk curated by Camilla Boemio, with the intervention of the Australian artists/teachers Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski, will point out an international description of an art research around water in a politic, economic, scientific, memory vision with works of: Starrs & Cmielewski, McLean Fahnestock, Allan Sekula and Ursula Biemann.

Fahnestock work’s is the reclamation of information from the media and history from institutions and re-presenting it in a way that leads us to address the truth of a situation versus the myth that has been perpetuated. This intermingling of truths and fictionalizations question our ideas of greatness, singularity, and who and what make “history.”

Allan Sekula was one of the outstanding Marxist intellectuals of his generation. The breadth of his knowledge was truly astonishing, his conversation usually headed in the direction of the sea. Thinking at Lottery of the Sea is a long essay in video on the theme of the sea and the market; the title comes from Adam Smith, who expressed his admiration for the risky affair of work on ship that made capitalist trade possible. The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which – maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation – leads the world economy to the abyss.


Incompatible Elements of Starrs & Cmielewski, focusing on landscapes in crisis due to climate change has been shown several times in Australia and overseas, most recently at a parallel event of Maldives Pavilion, at 55th Venice Biennale, as “the  Deep Weather” video essay, part of the Maldives Pavilion, in which elaborates on oil and water as the two primordial liquids that form the undercurrents of all narrations as they activate profound changes in the planetary ecology.

This is only the beginning of an amazing and unique web symposium.