Hydromedia: Seeing with water - Artist in residence

Hydromedia: Seeing with water - Artist in residence

Hydromedia: Seeing with water

Hydromedia: Seeing with water is a collaboration by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Belgium), HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU, Netherlands) and the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) in Karlsruhe (Germany). The residency period in Antwerp is over by now, and the registration periods for the residencies in Utrecht and Karlsruge are closed. By now, four artists have been selected for the residency in Utrecht:


On Thursday 5 October - in the first week of the residency- the freely accessible symposium Hydromedia: Seeing with Water will shine a light on water from a philosophical, ecological, scientific and artistic perspective. You are welcome to join! Please apply by filling in the online form below.

The following speakers will share their thoughts at the symposium:
  • René ten Bos (former ‘Philospher of the Nation’ (Filosoof des Vaderlands, Radboud Universiteit, author of Water: Een geofilosofische geschiedenis (Boom, 2015))
  • Annelies Veraart (Assistent Lecturer, Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Biology, Radboud University)
  • Artist and curator Henriette Waal
  • Ecologist Sven Teurlincx (Netherlands Institute for Ecology, Water sampling project Vang de watermonsters)
  • Fine Artist Suzette Bousema
  • Fine Artist / movie director Ugo Petronin
  • Scientist Lisette de Senerpont Domis (Netherlands Institute for Ecology)
  • Els Otterman, geographer and member of the Stichtse Rijnlanden Water Board
All the details at a glance:

Date: Thursday5 October 2023
Time: 10:00 – 17:00 (opens at 9.30)
Location: Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Lucasbolwerk 24, 3512 EJ Utrecht
Main language: English


You receive a notification of your registration via the email address you filled in below.

Synopsis of the Hydromedia-programma

The unfolding climate crisis is also a crisis of the image and the imagination. Scientific and journalistic imagery alone don’t seem to communicate a sense of urgency. Such imagery can be either too complicated or overwhelming. We need more artistic imagination, along with practical means to stimulate ecological imagination beyond the arts.

The artist-in-residence program Hydromedia: Seeing With Water proposes to avoid conventional visual approaches to global warming. The guiding theme is water (in all its possible manifestations) and the residency is a multidisciplinary one. The artists explore their preferred angle to this theme within local organisations. During the residency they are also offered the possibility to collaborate with (or get inspired by) the work of scientists and ecologists who are specialised in water and sustainable water management.

Within a few months after each residency there will be a small exhibition in the vicinity of the residency location showing the works as developed during and shortly after the working period. In the fall of 2024, the work of all 12 participants will be displayed collectively in a curated group show at the Dresden Museum of Technology and Industry (Germany).