Art Science & the Thirsty World video installation at Venice to Expo 2015, as part of "Visualizing Water Worlds", Venice Arsenale Tesa 105. A project implemented by Comune di Venezia and Centro Internazionale Civiltà dell'Acqua Onlus with the participation of UNESCO Venice Office, supported by Eulabor Institute, curated by Eriberto Eulisse, Gail Holst Warhaft, Christina Sassayannis.
Art, Science & the Thirsty World was an interdisciplinary conference project between the University of Oxford and Cornell University organized by Oxford graduate students Cayenna Ponchione (Music), Jessica Thorn (Biodiversity) and Benedict Morrison (Film) in collaboration with Cornell Professor Gail Holst-Warhaft (Comparative Literature and Biological and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Cornell Institute for European Studies Mediterranean Initiative). The conference cast together academics in the arts and the sciences to pursue a critical exploration of interdisciplinary practice through collaborative presentations and performances. It facilitated dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the arts, sciences and engineering and sought to foster creative, innovative and trans-disciplinary discussions about water scarcity solutions.
The video features commentary by Nobel Prize winning chemist, Roald Hoffmann, and University of Oxford Professor of Music, Daniel Grimley, the interdisciplinary work of Gail Holst-Warhaft, Tammo Steenhuis (Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University) and Mariza Koch (Greek folk singer) as well as the collaborative projects their program has inspired including the work of Oxford and Cornell graduate students Avery Slater, Jessica Thorn, Toby Young, Elizabeth Carter, Charles Ogilvie, and Cayenna Ponchione. The film was produced by Cayenna Ponchione and Gail Holst-Warhaft in partnership with the SAE Institute of Oxford (Colin Ryde, campus manager) and student videographers Gina Money (Miss Money Films) and Morgan Church (Nova Lion Pictures).
Performers include: Mariza Koch and her school's children's choir, Charlotte Tetley (mezzo-soprano), Oxford Sinfonia, Sinfonia Gaia, Cayenna Ponchione (conductor), Andrew Zhou (piano), Susanna Fairbairn (soprano) and Ivana Bilić (marimba). Composers include: Daniel Hulme, Rachel Lockwood, Kate Whitley, Toby Young and John Duggan. Artwork is by Christine Destrempes (Art for Water) and the film is narrated by Benedict Morrison.
Video footage was captured by Mark Lawrence (Cornell University) and the SAE Institute (at the Tandem Festival, Oxford), and still images were provided by Jessica Thorn and Cayenna Ponchione.
Art, Science & the Thirsty World is sponsored The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Merton College, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (Cornell University), Cornell Institute for European Studies, and the Brettschneider Fund.
For more information contact Cayenna Ponchione at thirstyworld2014 [at] gmail.com.