Water is the essence of life on our planet. With climate change and industrial agriculture, water resources are diminishing at unprecedented speed. Could the atmosphere, a diluted ocean of aerial moisture, be the solution to provide fresh water? Could we interrogate the cosmos in our links to the mist? But will “the sky’s the limit” become another commodity for profit? Or will we open a tap of imagination for the benefit of all ?
In this interdisciplinary conference, we propose to face climate change by cultivating together new approaches in the exploration of alternative sources of water. We are calling for post-anthropocentric narratives, entanglements between nature, culture and technology, insisting on our interdependence with our environment and playing string figures with companion species, as phrased by Donna Haraway. Our explorations will lead us to wander through Gilles Clément’s gardens, who proposes a new form of environmental exchange accessible to all, in which the gardener rejoices in the art of observation “with as little means as possible” (link). Throughout this journey we will reflect upon the socio-political, scientific and philosophic implications of water in the atmosphere and space. In the tension between infinite desires and finite resources, shall we become gardeners who creatively express their protection, responsibility and love into the world? Or should the figure of the gardener be replaced by the gardener gardened as in the human comedy L'Arroseur arrosé by Louis Lumière (1895)?
You are cordially invited to experience voices of various ‘gardeners’ : artists, scientists, philosophers, anthropologists and architects, as well as to open and share your own gardens !