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Downstream of Kaundorf bridge

Aquacanta

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d-o-t-s (FR/IT)

d-o-t-s is a nomadic curatorial practice founded by Laura Drouet (FR) and Olivier Lacrouts (IT/FR). The duo’s investigations focus on the diverse and questionable relationships that – through design – human communities establish among themselves, with other animals, plants, and landscapes. Defined by the participatory and interdisciplinary approach, d-o-t-s’ work spans writing, exhibition-making, hands-on workshops and design commissions. Recent and ongoing projects include: the touring exhibition Plant Fever (Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden – DE, 27.04-03.11.2024), the book Greenhouse Stories (Onomatopee – NL, 2023), the short dance-film Stork Fiction (2023).

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Hadrien Vénat is an artist-maker based in the French region of Charente. Merging his different know-how in food, ceramics, and construction, he works both on self-initiated projects and collaborations with fellow artists, designers and performers. He is the founder of Modern Garage (2022), an atelier dedicated to architectural, design and ceramic experimentations that he established in a former car garage in the village of Saint-Christophe. Hadrien’s past experiences include: head of ceramic studio at the National School of Art and Design of Limoges (France, 2017–2022); head of workshops at Domaine de Boisbuchet (France, 2012-2017); artist in residence at El Taller de Radios Valencia (Spain, 2016).

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With Aquacanta d-o-t-s (Laura Drouet, Olivier Lacrouts, FR/IT) propose to pay attention to the diverse stories that a body of water manifests or hides. Composed of two parts (1. a series of interactive sound sculptures; 2. a digital publication), the project takes the environment of the Sûre river, in Luxembourg, as the starting point for reflections about water as the repository of original narratives and varied manners of inhabiting the landscape.


Installed on the riverbanks, the series of sound sculptures – which are developed in cooperation with French artist-maker Hadrien Vénat – call for the attention and the poetic engagement of passers-by who are invited to come closer and listen to the water via the proposed objects. The shape and mode of interaction of each device suggests a different way of listening to the voice of the river.


The digital publication accompanying the installation invites the audience to explore this further with stories mixing reality and fiction. Nourished by conversations with specialists of various fields, the tales and interviews that make up the publication are thought as written accounts of the various relationships – lost, current and future – that humans and other-than-humans can establish with a body of water.

Storymaking workshop


Stories are circular by essence: as immaterial commons, they are shared and adapted over generations and are true lessons of resilience requiring little apparatus for their messages to be heard. With Aquacanta d-o-t-s adopt the practice of storymaking to produce and distribute new narratives that shall engage the audience in pro-active conversations and debates. 


On the opening of the WaterWalls festival, d-o-t-s propose a storymaking workshop to the local inhabitants and visitors. During the creative writing process, participants will co-create a story that shall highlight the Sûre river’s identity: from its history and geography to the human and non-human infrastructures built on it.

Workshop

8.06.2023


09.03.2023


« Aquacanta »

Concept & Design: d-o-t-s | Laura Drouet, Olivier Lacrouts, Hadrien Vénat

Designed as part of WaterWalls, Esch-sur-Sûre, 2024

Production : Esch(t)Kultur

Coordination : Services for Creatives

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