Lobby of the D.B. Clarke Theatre

7 rivers in 49 images

Mariángela Aponte Núñez

Abstract: 7 rivers in 49 images is a collection of 49 photographs of the seven rivers (Aguacatal, Cali, Cañaveralejo, Cauca, Lili, Melendez and Pance) crossing the city of Cali, Colombia.

This project focuses on the relationship of Cali’s people with their water. Like most of colombian territory Cali is rich in clean water resources, but the environmental crisis of our globalized era can be seen here too: Cali’s waste has been reaching a point that today most of those rivers have no drinkable water after they pass through the city. The photographs explore the movement and color change of the water passing through the city of Cali.

The 49 images forms a sequence from the Pance river, the one with better conditions, to the Cauca river, the dirtiest and one of the major rivers in southwestern Colombia.

Originally, the images were printed (size: 100 x 70 cm); for Balance-Unbalance I am proposing a slideshow of the entire collection to be screened at the entrance lobby of the DB Clarke Theatre.

Bio: Mariángela Aponte Núñez, born in Cali, Colombia. With a Visual Arts degree obtained at the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia in 2007, I am currently completing my Master in Aesthetics and Technology of the Electronic Arts at National University of Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2005 I have been showing my artwork in solo and group exhibitions. Some of my works are: TACTOSCOPIO, that addresses issues related to art and blindness; SONOSCOPIO, an experimental sound installation; and the photographic exhibition 7 RIVERS IN 49 IMAGES that explores the color change of Cali’s rivers from their birth through its mouth. I am actively collaborating in Colombian publications, among them, with the ARTEFACTO section for the “Pandora’s Box” radio-cultural series in Javeriana Stereo Cali as well as several other transdisciplinary projects.


Gender – Water – Climate: Unity in Diversity

Janot Mendler de Suarez

AbstractThe main objectives of this project are:

  • to raise awareness about gender and water issues
  • to strenghten capacity in community-based groups and organisations to address gender equity in integrated water resource management

To do so an artistic exhibiton has been produced in the form of a visual storybook that compares and contrasts gender and water stories from regions around the world.

Bio: Janot Mendler de Suarez has served for ten years with the GEF (Global Environment Facility) International Waters portfolio to strengthen participative, equitable and sustainable water governance through transboundary cooperation in knowledge-sharing and experiental learning for adaptive ecosystem-based management, in cooperation with governments and development organizations in over 180 countries. She is a former member of the Centre for Developing Areas Research, Department of geography,Royal Holloway, university of London, with current research interest in climate equity.


Floating Land (2011)

James Muller and Leah Barclay

AbstractAustralian cinematographer James Muller and composer/sound artist Leah Barclay have joined forces to create an evocative response to Floating Land 2011. Floating Land is an ongoing conversation about creativity, the environment and culture pivoting on a dynamic ten-day event in the UNESCO listed Biosphere of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Conceived in 2001 as an outdoor sculpture exhibition, Floating Land is now solidified one of Australia’s most significant green art events sparking the imagination of artists, scientists, politicians and conservationists globally. This abstract exploration of the event features the iconic Lake Cootharaba, one of Australia’s most pristine natural environments, with over thirty resident artists working on the shores. The collaborative projects were realized as ephemeral installations, incorporating projection, light and sound in the natural environment. Performances such as Blue Gold by Australian composer Ros Bandt investigated the delicate balance between wet and dry in our natural landscape, while the multi-sensory installation of Lyndon Davis recognized the critical value of Indigenous knowledge systems in ecological crisis.

BioJAMES MULLER directs Earth Base Productions, a multi- disciplinary, creative media studio. He has over 12 years experience in the film, television and digital media industries. Earth Base Productions produce a diverse range of projects utilising screen technologies and emerging digital media. They collaborate in cross sector and cross platform environments to create projects with intrinsic cultural and creative values. Earth Base Productions is based on the Sunshine Coast and works throughout the State. www.earthbase.com.au

LEAH BARCLAY is an Australian interdisciplinary artist and curator recognised internationally for her distinctive sonic language. Her work has been commissioned, performed, and exhibited to wide acclaim across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, India, China, and Korea. Barclay creates immersive performances and multi-sensory installations at the intersection of art, science, technology, and the environment. Her work spans film, theatre, and dance to hybrid performance, interactive media, data sonification, and site-specific installations. Her adventurous nature has led her to complete projects on the floor of the Australian ocean, desolate lava caves in New Zealand, and the evocative backwaters of South India. Barclay’s dynamic work has resulted in numerous awards, including the Premier of Queensland’s inaugural National New Media Scholarship, the Asialink Performing Artist Residency for South Korea, and the HELM Award for Environmental Art. She has directed and curated environmental projects across Australia, India, and Korea and serves in an advisory capacity for a range of arts and environmental organisations including Noosa Biosphere (UNESCO) and Ear to the Earth (New York). Barclay is currently engaged in a series of collaborative research projects addressing the value of creative methodologies in ecological crisis and is completing an interdisciplinary PhD under Gerardo Dirié and Kim Cunio at Griffith University in Australia.


Deep Listening Bathysphere Sub Aquatic Audio Listening Station

Paul Scriver

AbstractDeep Listening Bathysphere is an immersive multichannel audio installation in sculptural form. This mobile installation is conceived as an intimate, enveloping space that will allow audience members to interface aurally with sounds being gathered underwater from historically significant and environmentally compromised waterways in the Montreal metropolitan area. The intent of Deep Listening Bathysphere is to place audience members in a direct aural relationship with sounds otherwise inaudible, but nonetheless significant to the cultural and historical matrix of their environment.

BioPaul Scriver is an improvising musician, composer and sound artist. Much of his work addresses the disconnect between our contemporary human existence and the natural world.
With assistance from the Canada Council for the arts, he is currently developing a large-scale audio installation that will bring human beings into the aural world of submarine life forms.
Paul teaches audio production, sound design and electronic music composition at Concordia and Champlain College.