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State of the Art Gallery (SOAG), Ithaca, New York
Wednesday, February 4, through Sunday, March 1, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, February 6, 5:00-8:00 pm

“Water Preserves” is a collaborative piece by ten international artists curated by the artist Jan Kather. The photo/video installation ” explores our complex and sometimes precarious relationship with water by visually and aurally examining its beauty, magic, terror, and poetry”.

Below artists’ contributions.


Ain’t Got Long. Marty McCutcheon, United States 20

> Marty McCutcheon

78 seconds of water.  Michael Chang, Denmark 2008


> Michael Chang. “Initially I was moved emotionally by all the qualities of water. I was moved by facts about water and the percentage of water on this planet. I wanted my work to reflect on both, but I didn’t know how to do that. So I started to create some basic rules. I set the duration of my contribution to 100 seconds. 1 second symbolizing 1 percent. Then it was obvious to symbolize the maximum percentage of water in a person, by showing water running from a tap for 78% of the video or 78 seconds. That became the title. Then I calculated how many litres were running from the tap in that period of time. I did that by filling up a jar, putting it on a scale and pushing buttons on a calculator. The 78% percent added up to the content of water in a child. (62 pounds or 28 kilos.)
Then I chose the blue colour defined by Jan Kather responding to a web project on my webpage, where I calculated the number of words posted in a blog, the time and date and the issues. The light blue colour suited the project fine and using this colour from interaction with Jan thrilled me. It symbolizes how water is liquid and flows from one place to another, bringing a subtle wisdom with it wherever water travels. I used my foot to link this work to a previous work where I make coffee with my feet to show that water is present in almost every thing we do in life. Without water our daily routines would be very different.
I was overwhelmed to see the entire video project. I was moved by other people’s powerful contributions to the project and I almost felt pain when watching the videos and listening to the sounds. Do you know between the 11 of us we add up to 8 and a half 100% liquefied human beings, the rest is just bone and meat.”




Snow Heart. Stina Pehrsdotter, Sweden 2008

> Stina Pehrsdotter

a quiet and quick piece –
slightly polluted water on metal
forms the shape of
a heart
made of snow
with some spots
of blood
There are sacrifices
we have to make
to prevent


Untitled. Brad Wise, United States 2008

brad_s> Brad Wise. Bound by the covalent bonds of Hydrogen and Oxygen electrons, the flow of water is nothing if not the flow of energy itself.  It is, in fact, this dipole bonding property of H20 that informs, fills, and binds all life on Earth and, surely, infinite worlds within the boundless seas of the cosmos.  In mirroring the natural flow of water on Earth, and the effects of light and shadows across its surface tension, the Universe and its infinite potential is reflected endlessly within.


Diving. Kai Lossgott, South Africa 2008

kayl_s> Kai Lossgott. A mature woman is stuck in a dream, a childhood memory of water, and an inability at least for the moment to move into the present. She covers her eyes, reminiscent of a childhood game, perhaps clairvoyance, yet also have a need to shut out the noisy world and absorb deeper realities.  Young children are known to shut their eyes and believe that this makes them invisible.  It is also a game of denial at times, a wilful forgetting and selective remembering, indicative of our contemporary middle class life and the habits, which form the basis it exists on.  Either way, in “diving” we are submerged in the suggestion that often we know irrevocably what lies beneath the surface, whether our eyes are open or closed, whether we speak out or not, and that we must engage with this part of ourselves.  The open and vulnerable look of the woman suggests that she is conscious of the possible consequences of her game and draws the viewer into complicity. It is a reminder of the consequences of sight and that even in the most momentary of the daily games we play, we are making choices that interrupt the flow of time and demand action. Experimental Film .

Performer: Monika Dillie


Excerpt from Windmaker. Kika Nicolela, Brazil 2008
kika> Kika Nicolela. A woman struggles to find her place in the relationship to the infinite nature.
Essay: The Ghosts of the Place, by Essay Alessandra Ribeiro.
direction and editing_Kika Nicolela
performer_Luciana Canton
director of photography_Ching C. Chang
music_Thierry Gauthier; Delphine Measroch


Fluid transfer, Collecting Rivers. Niclas Hallberg, Sweden 2008

fluid_transfer_s> Niclas Hallberg. The ampoule with water from the river Tamis, is part of Collecting Rivers, a project run now for several years by the artist Vera Stevanovic from Belgrade, Serbia. Vera distributes the ampoules to several people who can choose and document what they do with it as part of her project. Niclas has made the piece Fluid Transfer, using the body as ground, landscape, nature and the water from the ampoule as a water drop, waterfall, river, ocean in the shape of an erotic act.


Rain. Simone Stoll, Germany 2008

rain3s> Simone Stoll. Rain is an imaginary walk on a tightrope, a solitary performance of a woman in a white blouse walking barefoot under continuous rainfall. Slowly, setting foot after foot, trying not to loose balance, as she paces towards a concrete wall.


Kato’s Sky. Junichiro Shindo, Japan 2008

> Junichiro Shindo. TEXT

Not Just Canaries. Jan Kather, United States 2008

> Jan Kather. TEXT

Not the Silent Sea. Alicia Felberbaum, England 2008

> Alicia Felberbaum. TEXT

There and Back. Alicia Felberbaum, England 2008


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