Conveners: Shanai Matteson, Boris Oicherman, Jessica Hellmann

Participants: Aaron Dysart, Jewell Arcoran, Amoke Kubat, Keegan Xavi, Ethan Neerdaels, Mankwe Ndosi, Daniela Sandler, Vicente Diaz, Bill Arnold, Bonnie Keeler, Beth Fisher, Richa Nagar, Amanda Lovelee

If you try to remember you will lose! Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. You pour water in a cup it becomes the cup; you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or creep or drip or crash! Be water my friend.

-Bruce Lee, in Longstreet (TV Series)

Academic knowledge, embodied knowledge, personal knowledge, collective knowledge, cultural knowledge—what does it mean to really, truly know water? Not to know about it—but know it, learn with it, teach in it? If we could reimagine the ways we learn and teach outside of academic conventions: if we focus on the thing to be learned and not on disciplinary and institutional perspectives on it; If we disregard the hierarchies of knowing and radically diversify approaches to knowledge—what kind of an educational model might we end up with?

The Institute on the Environment, Weisman Art Museum and Water Bar & Public Studio collaborate to bring together a community of artists, scientists, thinkers, craftsmen and others to feel, think, learn, read and taste water. In a series of study sessions we will explore environmental, indigenous, experiential, scientific, poetic, communal and other aspects of water, connecting the study of water with the environments where that study takes place. What we learn will be the foundation of a collaborative “Water Seminar” in the summer or fall of 2019. Outcomes from the seminar include new collaborative relationships and critical frameworks for learning from, with, and within water and community.

Bios of participants