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r&d project initiated by Urbonas Studio in collaboration with Tracey Warr
August 28th, 2012

the Wet Symposium

Tuesday 28 August 2012. A pilot Wet Symposium organized by Tracey Warr with the Canal & River Trust, discussing future water issues in the water with researchers on climate change, migration and aquatic life takes place on the River Thames in Oxford.

The River Runs unpowered pleasure boat designed and produced by Urbonas Studio in collaboration with Giacomo Castagnola, architect and designer, was launched as part of the program inviting participants to invent and experience unusual types of swimming, floating and chilling in the water.

“…Participants would experience many audio, tactile, and rhythmical characteristics of water while keeping dry. Events such as swimming in pockets within the containers, sliding, jumping, [and] relaxing all would be accented by the reverberating motion of the container. As individuals move on one area this motion would reverberate throughout the entire container thereby all participants sharing the movement of others…” György Kepes,  “A report on the work in progress at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies” (1972). CAVS Archive, ACT, M.I.T.

Images and documentation by James Hudson, Havard Helle and Urbonas Studio.






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