Water Is in the Air

294 pages
February 2014

Physics, Politics, and Poetics of Water in the Arts

Water Is in the Air explores the ways that artists, from all over the world, working at the cutting edge of science and engineering, create work that addresses critical issues of water in culture and society. Drawing on 30 years of work documented in the Leonardo journal, the authors explore art and climate change and pollution, artificially seeded clouds, water fountains, and the physics and poetics of waves, using all types of media (videos, performances, installations, sound art).

The collection contains a preface by Roger Malina, introduction by Annick Bureaud and the following sections:

  • Water: Ecology and Environmental Art
  • Water: Fountains, Sculptures, and Installations
  • Water: Cultural Metaphor and Art
  • Water: Cultural Metaphor, Society, and Spirituality
  • The Physics of Water: Waves and Patterns

Contributors (listed in order of appearance in the volume): Jane Quon; Laurie Lundquist Jacques Sapiega; HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen); Monsieur Moo; Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström; Bob L. Sturm; Dave Burraston; Gyula Kosice; Philip Bornarth and Franklyn K. Schwaneflugel; Pearl Hirshfield; Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch; Ana Rewakowicz; Abram Alexandrovich Abramyan; Nodoka Ui; Steven Raspa; Irit Batsry; Nathalie Delprat; Laura L. Clemons; Dinis Ribeiro and Richard Clar; Liliane Lijn; Jacques Mandelbrojt and Lucie Prod’homme; Iba Ndiaye Diadji; Camille Talkeu Tounouga; Jacky Bouju; Robert C. Morgan; A.S. Douthat, H.M. Nagib, and A.A. Fejer; Javiera Tejerina-Risso and Patrice Le Gal; Jean-Marc Chomaz; Pery Burge; Eve Laramé.

Published in collaboration with the STUDIOLAB consortium, a Europe-wide initiative that merges the studio with the research lab. Funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (studiolabproject.eu/partner/leonardoolats).

LISTEN NOW to a conversation among the editors and contributors of Water Is in the Air that is available in The MIT Press Journals Podcast Series.