Fluid City

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dc.contributor.author Holdaway, Alys en
dc.contributor.author Sunde, Charlotte en
dc.contributor.author Brown, Carol en
dc.contributor.author Waghorn, Kathy en
dc.contributor.author Ehlers, C en
dc.contributor.author Fitzpatrick, Katrina en
dc.contributor.author Brierley, Gary en
dc.contributor.author Martin, Rosemary en
dc.contributor.author Wood, Rebecca en
dc.coverage.spatial Silo Park, The Wynyard Quater, Auckland,New Zealand en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-21T02:55:06Z en
dc.date.issued 2012-03-22 en
dc.identifier.citation traveling installation and performance project. Silo Park, The Wynyard Quater, Auckland,New Zealand 22 Mar 2012 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24197 en
dc.description.abstract The Fluid City project was initiated through a Transforming Cities research grant at the University of Auckland to promote inter-disciplinary urban research for sustainable futures. The premise of Fluid City is that the arts can play an important role in communicating issues of sustainability in novel ways that capture public imagination and provoke alternative understandings and visions of the city. Our motive for undertaking this collaboration was to produce new ways of disseminating hard science knowledge concerning the effects of the urban realm on fresh water catchments and the harbours with the diverse publics of Auckland. Our response then was to generate a mechanism to support a fluid approach to the sharing and exchange of water knowledge and to make a space for the close encounter with water from our urban streams, creeks and rivers.The Fluid City project is anchor-less and mobile, taking the form of three strange, translucent cupboard-like structures each towed by bicycle. Like a stream the bicycle powered Fluid City winds its way through the city’s streets, creating a sense of anticipation and wonder. It then temporarily occupies an urban space and garners the unsuspecting public as audience. The three cupboards open, releasing images, objects, performance, and between them creating a space to pause in the city. Each cupboard and its yellow-aproned attendant invites the passer-by to engage with water; to view, through a diver’s mask, a film showing the passage of water through the city; to don a lab coat and guided by a microbiologist see the usually invisible microbial universe of the city’s waterways, active, alive and full of creatures; to sit on an upturned bucket and listen through headphones to different voices sharing stories and knowledge of the city’s fluid states; to pick up a pen and write or draw your own memories and concerns about water on postcards and contribute this writing to a gently flapping washing line of thoughts; to follow characters through a dance and audio performance evoking the invisible stories of a reclaimed harbour through movement, poetry and sound. Then, with the contents packed away, Fluid City, like a puddle in the sun, disappears. Fluid City creates a playful experience, generating and transmitting knowledge through activating a sense of inquiry and transaction. Visually and materially strange, poised between the utilitarian and the extraordinary, temporally occupying and disrupting the city, Fluid City borrows it's operations from the circus sideshow and travelling cinema. By inviting the addition of stories and commentary from the public, and by allowing for an un-mediated conversation with a ‘traveling scientist’, the scientific content is set free from its academic context and becomes part of a live discussion, evolving, messy and open-ended. In so doing Fluid City sets in place a forum for the social exchange of knowledge. Fluid City continues to roam Tamaki Makaurau Auckland each summer and an image of The Fluid City graces the cover of the book, Duxbury, N., Animation of Public Space Through the Arts: Toward More Sustainable Communities (Almedina 2013). ISBN 9789724053004 en
dc.format.medium traveling installation and performance project en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Fluid City en
dc.type Artefact en
pubs.author-url http://www.fluidcity.auckland.ac.nz/ en
pubs.start-date 2012 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.elements-id 473242 en
pubs.org-id Creative Arts and Industries en
pubs.org-id Architecture and Planning en
pubs.org-id Dance Studies Programme en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Curriculum and Pedagogy en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id School of Environment en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-01-19 en

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