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After Us, The Flood: The global water-grab and its adversaries

After Us, The Flood: The global water-grab and its adversaries

Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna
Wednesday, 31/05/2017, 17:00


After Us, The Flood is a symposium programmed by Vienna-based artist Oliver Ressler. It sets out to connect artistic, activist and curatorial practices addressing the exploitation, pollution and militarization of commodified water. Speakers share a determination to protect the common, uncontaminated character of the substance that renews life on Earth. Themes discussed will range from rising ocean levels caused by global warming to the ruin of rivers by irrigation projects. The ecological wars waged by oil drillers and client industries (refiners, shippers, futures traders, parapetroleum logistics, car factories and factory farms, to name a few) turn the world's water toxic or squander it. But this coalition of looters is confronted by alliances like none seen before: Indigenous water protectors with lifetime eco-antagonists, ex-military survivors with social justice movements and others unwilling to die in artificial desert or sink into an overheated sea.

Curated and moderated by Oliver Ressler (Artist, Vienna)

Participants: Katrin Hornek (Vienna), Glen Tarman/Liberate Tate (London), Maren Richter (Linz), Elena Sorokina (Paris)