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WATERSHED: Art, Science and Elemental Politics

When: Monday, 10 September 2018 - Friday, 21 September 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Braamfontein Campus West, Origins Centre, Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, Newtown
Start time:14:20


Cost: Mostly free

Wits University presents WATERSHED: Art, Science & Elemental Politics, a programme of exhibitions and academic symposia to provoke new thinking about water.  

WATERSHED runs from 10-21 September at venues across Wits campuses, in Braam, and in Newtown. Click here for the full programme.

Excavated Distance II by Indian artist Atul Bhalla is part of the WATERSHED Art, Science and Elemental Politics programme hosted by Wits

Water remains topical and the interdisciplinary approach of WATERSHED challenges the public to think about water in new ways. It includes interactive art installations, performances, engineering, humanities and science displays, and interdisciplinary scholarly panels: 

  • There’s an artist from Colorado who digitized the sound of pollution in a river and turned it into an art installation
  • an engineering student from Mpumalanga researching a slow sand water filtration system for domestic use
  • An artist from India creatively interpreting acid mine drainage in Joburg’s gold mines, particularly in relation to the poor
  • An expert panel discussing how Joburg can avoid a “Day Zero”
  • Poster displays by students in Anthropology, Wits Business School, and Civil/Environmental Engineering researching water in Morocco, the rate of seed growth in relation to water, and tech innovations for urban water resilience.

Medical anthropologist and A-rated scientist, Professor Lenore Manderson conceptualized and directs WATERSHED.

Manderson is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health at Wits, and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Lenore Manderson is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at Wits and Visiting Distinguished Professor, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society at Brown. Manderson directs the WATERSHED programme at Wits.

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