A student workshop and project for Northern Spark Climate Chaos | Climate Rising in 2017

Water Bar & Public Studio is partnering with Matthew Tucker, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota on this workshop series for students, which will culminate in a public art project at the 2017 Northern Spark festival. This workshop is part of the University’s Architecture as Catalyst 2017 series, which raises the level of discourse about design and provokes leaps in perception as to what design can be.

Architecture and design students participating in this Catalyst workshop will utilize the idea and resource of Water Bar to conduct critical inquiry into everyday hydro-social infrastructures and other local and regional drinking water sources. This inquiry will lead to heightened awareness of the complex spatial, social, political and ecological processes and narratives found within the hydro-social and other Anthropocene systems.

Students will collaborate with Water Bar artists Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker, Landscape Architecture faculty Matthew Tucker, and other invited designers, scientists, and community residents to explore and document several Anthropocene water sources in the metro area, creating a new “menu” and companion materials for Water Bar & Public Studio.

These waters and this menu will be served during Northern Spark 2017 festival in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as at other community festivals throughout the summer of 2017.