Communicating water sustainability through interdisciplinary creative practice: the Fluid City project, Auckland, New Zealand

Alys Longley (University of Auckland)

March 27, 2015, 15h00

Room 8, CES-Coimbra











This seminar will discuss a series of research iterations emerging from the New Zealand-based project Fluid City, which have been responding to the following research questions: How can we give voice to water in all of is vulnerability and necessity? How can we place liquid perception at the centre of our methodology? How might we present ecological thinking across disciplinary borders, merging spaces between information and imagination to value the importance life forms beyond our own? These questions are addressed through photography, documentary and animated film, poetry, sound recordings, ethnographic journaling, creative workshop designs, maps, choreography, drawings, architecture and fleeting public responses to art installations. These artistic methods allow space for the evocation of meaning at the edge of linguistic sense – for affect and presence, for space and place, for a becoming-fluid of communication.


Alys Longley is a performance maker, researcher and teacher. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Alys’s research interests include practice-led research, interdisciplinary projects, creative writing, somatic practices, cultural mapping, ecology and inclusive dance education. She has recently led the project fluid city, an art-science-education project on water-sustainability. Her artist-book The Foreign Language of Motion presents a series of experiments in choreographic writing, and was published in 2014 with Winchester University Press’s Preface Series.

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