WaterLab: Experimental Water Treatment Probes - No.5 Disinfection Tanks, Idea Theatre.
Entering the building as part of the sequenced journey will reveal the large scale of disinfection tanks releasing water to a large gulley which returns it back to the River. The participants access the Idea Theatre from here which is dominated by the sound and feeling of the running water. The only way to act/perform on this stage requires an engagement with the presence of running water. The Idea Theatre is a space for identifying problems and discovering new solutions through community and water interaction.
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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