Water Lore: Learning from the Drylands Exhibition Opening
Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design)
T: (03) 9035 4349
Join us for the opening of Water Lore: Learning from the Drylands, an exhibition curated by Gini Lee and Antonia Besa that presents an intensive deep mapping project as a medium for shared knowledge, novel systems and sustainable ecologies for arid regions, aimed at benefiting urban communities facing drying Anthropocene conditions.
Based on interdisciplinary secondary research together with field work and site explorations, this exhibition maps two major Australian river systems – the regulated Murray Darling and the unregulated Cooper Creek – to identify ‘hotspots’ for future cultural water strategy and design projects for communities and landscapes.
Mapping at large scale conveys the scale and beauty of our critical river systems and designated hotspots reveal the contemporary conditions of places formed by access to and deeply held values for water.
The exhibition provides a large-scale water map of dryland Australian landscapes formed by water overlaid with contemporary and historic water values and installations. Each ‘hotspot’ where critical conditions overlap becomes a place for possible intervention through design and communication of water-led change actions.