Waters of the Future is an installation about water incorporating water-based block prints by Florence Neal with a sound environment, "Water Music with Ichiyanagi Mix," a suite of thirty musical miniatures by Michael Kowalski.
“What is the Color of the Water of the Future?”
Answers to the question are rendered visible through hand-carved woodcuts, hand-printed with water-based pigments on Japanese paper (washi) using the traditional (Ukiyo-e) Japanese printing technique or mokuhanga.
The installation reflects responses to the question by over 170 people living in Brazil and the United States.
Water Music with Ichiyanagi Mix consists of a multitrack acoustic sculpture of drips, sloshes, and running water overlaid by a series of thirty miniature musical compositions, each lasting twenty-four, thirty, or thirty-six seconds, and all based upon a radical remixing of clips drawn from my performance of Toshi Ichiyanagi's Music for Piano #7. The Ichiyanagi score is a set of ten open-form charts which, while specifying no exact pitches or rhythms, do constrain the pianist's actions within strict bounds. This seemed to me to be very much in the spirit of "The Waters of the Future." — Michael Kowalski
September 13, from 1 to 5pm, the artist will be on-site to engage with visitors and hand-print visitor responses to the question while demonstrating the Japanese printing technique, mokuhanga. Each participant in the project will receive a "Waters of the Future” button designed by Florence. The "Waters of the Future" ("As Águas do Futuro") project began at the Sacatar Foundation International Residency in Bahia, Brazil (2018).
You are invited to participate in the project!
What is the Color of the Water of the Future? click link to enter your answer