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Workshops - Hydromedia

Within the framework of the 'Hydromedia' exhibition at Stormkop, three of the participating artists invite you to participate in a workshop where you will be introduced to their working methods. The main aim of these workshops is to spread their experimental and easy-to-use methods of looking at and working with water so as to become aware of our interdependency with non-human beings and forces.


10:30 - 12:00

Puddle Watching - by Mirja Busch

'Puddle Watching' is a guided walk that unveils puddles as a background phenomenon in the city. Puddles, as remnants of the last rain, serve as sentinels of the water cycle, and this workshop aims to make them visible, visitable, and experienceable – even in their dry state. Led by the artist Mirja Busch, you will explore different puddle species, their site-specific behavior, and delve into the preferences, needs, and logic behind their appearance. Similar to bird watching, this workshop offers a unique perspective on puddles, going beyond their transient nature. By examining why puddles occur where they do, we gain insights into the urban environment and our relationship with water. Water samples will also be taken during the walk, adding a hands-on element to the exploration.
Through engaging discussions and activities, you will be introduced to puddle research and terminology, and delve into topics such as city materiality, urban practices, weather, the water cycle, and climate change. Together with the artist, you will search and examine various puddle examples, fostering a deeper understanding of their significance.

13:00 - 15:00

To see a sound - by Jarek Lustych 

The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to one specific method for the visualization of sound. Based on the approach used by German physicist and musician Ernst Chladni, you will be able to create and preserve graphical representations of recorded sounds. The difference with the clearly delineated and almost mathematical Chladni patterns is that we will use sound recordings containing different frequencies. Besides the in itself already interesting experience to watch the formation of a sound image, our method will not only result in more intricately drawn images of sound waves, but will make it also possible to preserve them.

13:00 - 16:00

The camera as testing equipment - by Sascha Herrmann

The workshop will focus on the possibilities of using photographic processes as testing tools. Photography, hovering somewhat between experience and perception, between objectivity and subjectivity, has always been an important tool and provider of new procedures for scientific discoveries. Photography also acts as a transmitter to transfer scientific knowledge into art and culture. Over time, many experimental procedures have been forgotten or their photographic origins are now obscured.
In the workshop you will be able to try out some of these processes, such as camera-less photography, optical contact copying, and colorimetry in order to make invisible conditions of our environment visible through photography. Measuring instruments will be made with daylight, natural objects will be tested for light transmission and the phosphorus content of water will be determined.




(image: Sascha Herrmann, detail)