Climate Care is a festival engaged with theory and
practice at the intersection of climate challenges,
ethics of care and environmental humanities.
Emerging from weathering the conditions of its site – a rainwater retention basin in Berlin – the
programme is a result of in-depth cohabitation with
the constructed water infrastructure, its human
culture and its multi-species overlays.
Design and facilitation of a fog catcher workshop at Floating
Berlin, as part of the Climate Care 2021: the Rewilding Years
festival. Guest artist, collective fabrication and installation (15 people).
In addition to the rainwater and basin filtration systems, a fog
catcher is built on the heights of the Floating University site, overlooking
the Rain Palace (one of the building on site). With the idea of collecting,
filtering and storing the water present on the site, building a fog catcher
during Climate Care festival adds an extra layer to the installation and
understanding of the site. The water stored here is that of the sky, the one
present in the atmosphere.
Inspired by Espinosa’s fog catchers invented in Chile in the 60’s, the installation will allow the water that makes up our Berlin sky to be
caught and stored, in order to be filtered, just like the rainwater collected,
before being drunk by the site’s users. Fog catchers, particularly adapted
to desert, coastal and mountainous areas, collect water from the
atmosphere by condensing it along a mesh net suspended on frames,
responding to the variation of temperatures.
What waters will we collect in Berlin? How many will it be, over the
seasons? Can we imagine using the heights of a city buildings to collect
cleaner water than the rainwater in the future ?
Here, the installation will be the means to materialize and reflect on the
different forms of presence of water in the city, and the ways to enhance it.
Lightweight and low-tech but no less intelligent, this fog-
catcher will be built in co-creation while sharing techniques and
visions. Like a sensitive observatory, the data and water collected
can be analysed to understand yet another layer of the Floating
site. Softly marking the sky as a hybridisation of a meteorological
measuring tool and a 3d see-through flag, floating above the Rain
Invited artist during Climate Care 2021 by Gilly Karjevsky & Rosario Talevi.
with Paula, Javiera, Evey, Juan, Jade, Cleo, Christophe, Andrew, Pascal, Nina, Diego, and many many more ! Climate Care ~The Rewilding Years (September 3-12, 2021) happened at Floating University Berlin.
Part of the association since 2021.
© photo credits : Constanze Flamme, Christophe Lemaire, Garance Maurer