In Terms of Water – Los Angeles, USA

L.A. in Terms of Water investigates a local dichotomy: how does such a dry a place become known for a wet lifestyle of green lawns and swimming pools?  Los Angeles’ complex system of water supply and usage is explored by confronting the engineering masterpieces of aqueducts and reservoirs that bring water to the city. Imagined tales of usage and functionality evoked by the systems’ overall invisibility, access restrictions, and technical facts are told. Taking these narratives further into the local scale, a machine was constructed that turns Californian wine into water based on the functionality of siphons. Questioning water supply as abstractly reliant and always available, this machine explores water related infrastructure as an event and as a social act.

 

Team: Sabine MĂĽller, Andreas Quednau

research, Projects
01/01/2008