WaterLab: Experimental Water Treatment Probes - No.1 Coagulation Tanks, Impulsive Steam Room.
Coagulation Tanks are the first stage in water treatment, here the water is mixed with aluminum sulfate to initiate a coagulation reaction. The environment is saturated by the sound of the rapid mixing and water until participants enter the steam room.
The Chamber affords a view to the past within which impulsive decision making, blindness to change, and temporality are explored through an opaque visible space. A rhythmic sound environment of steam released punctuates the experience whilst the visual space is reduced in cycles of misting to almost a blur.
WaterLab is a series of Public water treatment probes each coupled with a community space. Every probe undertakes a different water purification phase to treat the contaminated water of river Irk (Manchester, UK) over a 50-year time span. The prototype engages people to participate in the six sequential stages of water purification.
The probes are an engagement with and healing of Irk Valley to participate in both it's past and potential futures. Post industrialization has led to the Irk’s desertion, places that were built to prioritize wealth creation have turned into obsolete relics. WaterLab questions the impulsiveness of orthodox routines and points to the futures we might build. As the water is cleaned incrementally year on year, visitors experience directly the archaeology of Irk Valley in a state of flux.
Technology is only part of the answer to our challenges with water. What is essential is our human relationship with it. How can life change as our relationship to water transforms?
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