Final project of the course Social and Ecological Activism in the Visual Arts (minor CSSC)
On 14 December 2022, students of the course Social and Ecological Activism in the Visual Arts (as part of the Creative Strategies for a Society in Change minor) presented and performed their final collective project at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht: the Water Cultures Institute group role-playing and speculative game.
The narrative of the game was set in 2092, in a post-cataclysm ravaged world in which creative adaptation has become the condition for survival, and negotiation between more-than-human inhabitants a key element in a multi-polar governance. Divided in three constituencies—the Citizen Council of The Hague, the World Bank Water Management Division, and the Amphibians—, students had to build the politico-aesthetic position of their respective group, and present a propaganda campaign about the uses and management of the water resources for the city of The Hague. This was followed by a negotiation between the parties to establish the mission, principles, and cultural programmes of the newly created Water Cultures Institute. After intense exchange, the assembly of parties concluded successfully, having agreed in the creation of a library for the water commons and the advocacy of sociocracy, among others.
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