Hydromedia: Seeing With Water invites 12 artists via open calls to create experimental artistic methods based on co-authorship with nature to promote citizen engagement in ecological water management strategies. The project will run from Jan 2023 through Dec 2024, with three institutes each hosting four artists for a one-month residency. Hydromedia focuses on the crucial role that water plays in our lives and aims to address environmental challenges while highlighting its life-giving qualities. The project will culminate in a group exhibition at the Technische Sammlungen in Dresden (DE), accompanied by a publication.


HYDROMEDIA is an artistic research program on innovative strategies for ecological water management. The participants are invited to develop lo-tech artistic tools to engage a large audience with the local problems of the climate crisis.

The project will run in April 2023 hosted by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (BE), in October 2023 by HKU in Utrecht (NL) and in April 2024 by HfG Karlsruhe (DE).

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Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium
Inge Henneman & Steven Humblet
in collaboration with Stormkop and Natuurpunt

Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, the Netherlands
Taco Hidde Bakker & Sjoerd Knibbeler
in collaboration with IVN Natuureducatie

Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany
Vanessa Bosch, Matthias Bruhn & Susanne Kriemann
in collaboration with NABU

Hydromedia mobilizes the arts to visualize the Green Deal (area 7) agenda in tangible ways so to promote transnational dissemination and audience engagement. The project is co-funded through the E.U.'s Creative Europe programme.

Imprint, Design by Johanna Schäfer & Bruno Jacoby, Typeface G2 Strand with Moritz Appich

18/07/2024, save the date of the exhibition opening and workshop day at Städtische Galerie in Karlsruhe!

03/04/2024, We will welcome you to our Open Salon & Kick-off event of the residency in Karlsruhe, with following program:

10:00 Introduction by Susanne Kriemann & Vanessa Bosch
viewing of works by Margarethe Raspé as she bathes in polluted water…

10:15 Esther Ruelfs / Mining Photography
11:00 Nico Goldscheider / Groundwater & Springs / Lecture
11:45 Christophe Gentil / Surface- and Wastewaters Management / Lecture & Dialogues
12:15 Julia Ihls / Introduction to Living Library

12:30 Lunch break

13.30 Vanessa Bosch / Hydrofeminism / Screening: wet together (2021 ‧ 23:51 min)
14:00 Helin Ulas / Water & Memories / Lecture Performance & Screening
14:30 Mareike Röder / Floodplain Forests / Lecture
15:15 Su Yu Hsin / Wet Mechanics of Seeing / Screening: Tidal Variations (2021 ‧ 14:40 min)

16.00 Coffee break

16:15 Thomas Frank / Drinking water & Microplastics / Lecture & Dialogues
16:50 Alexandra Navratil / Photographic Study / Screening: Silbersee (2015 ‧ 11 min)
17:30 Liquid Dialogues (open conversations)

18:00 Bar & Buffet by culinary artist Sarai Rose Duke

location: HfG Lichtbrücke, Lorenzstrasse 15, 76135 Karlsruhe
every body is welcome / wheelchair accessible / entry is free / no live streaming / relaxed event

17/02/2024, Within the framework of the Hydromedia exhibition at AG in Utrecht, four artists will host workshops in Utrecht on Saturday 17 Feb. 2024 in Utrecht in which they introduce their research and working methods. Meng-Chan Yu – 'Making Images Using Water and Soil' (10-12 AM); Alexandra Crouwers – 'Water in Reverse: How to Hydromance' (10:00–12:00 AM); Sanne Vaassen – 'Water Observations' (1:30–3:30 PM); and Mariko Hori – 'Archiving Things in Paper' (1:30–3:30 PM). The workshops by Yu and Hori will take place at Fotodok (Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht), the workshops by Crouwers and Vaassen will commence at AG (Minrebroederstraat 16, Utrecht).
The main aim of these workshops is to spread experimental and easy-to-use methods of seeing and working with water, so as to heighten awareness of our interdependency with non-human beings and natural forces.
More info and free registration at https://www.hku.nl/en/events/workshops-hydromedia

16/02/2024, The 'Utrecht University of the Arts' (HKU) and 'AG – Ruimte voor nieuwe kunst en media' are pleased to invite you to the opening of the second local Hydromedia exhibition. This exhibition collects the results of the second group of four artists-in-residence, who worked on site in the city and province of Utrecht (NL) in October 2023: Alexandra Crouwers, Mariko Hori, Sanne Vaassen, and Meng-Chan Yu. Opening at AG, Minrebroederstraat 16, 3512 GT Utrecht: Friday 16 February 2024, 5 PM. The exhibition runs through 3 March 2024. Opening hours: Wed–Sun, 1–6 PM. Free entrance. Disabled access.

05/10/2023, On Thursday 5 October the Utrecht University of the Arts (HKU) will host a public symposium highlighting philosophical, ecological, scientific and artistic perspectives on water. Speakers include philosopher René ten Bos, designer/curator Henriette Waal, artist Suzette Bousema, artist/filmmaker Ugo Petronin, geographer Els Otterman, and scientists Sven Teurlincx, Lisette de Senerpont Domis (Netherlands Institute of Ecology) and Annelies Veraart (Radboud University). All presentations will be held in English. Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (Hekmanfoyer), 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Address: Lucasbolwerk 24, Utrecht. Please register for the free symposium here: https://www.hku.nl/en/events/hydromedia-artist-in-residence


23/09/2023, Within the framework of the Hydromedia exhibition at Stormkop, Antwerp, three artists will give free workshops in which they introduce their working methods. Mirja Busch, Puddle Watching (10:30AM–12:00PM) Jarek Lustych, To See a Sound (11:00AM–1:00PM); Sascha Herrmann, The Camera as Testing Tool (1:00–4:00PM). The main aim of these workshops is to spread experimental and easy-to-use methods of looking at and working with water, so as to heighten awareness of our interdependency with non-human beings and natural forces. Participation is free, but please register following the link at the bottom left of the information sheet (see pdf below)


22/09/2023, The Royal Academy of Arts Antwerp and Stormkop are pleased to invite you to the opening of the first Hydromedia exhibition. This exhibition collects the results of the first four artists-in-residence, who worked on site in Antwerp near or in the Scheldt estuary in April 2023: Mirja Busch, Jarek Lustych, Sascha Herrmann, and Tim Theo Deceuninck. Opening at Stormkop, Droogdokkenweg 4, Antwerp: Friday 22 Sept. 2023, 6 PM. Exhibition runs through 7 Oct. 2023.
More info: https://www.ap-arts.be/en/node/4378

03/04/2023, 2-day public lecture and presentation programme at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and Stormkop. With Dries Segers, Boaz Levin, Arjen Mulder, Laure Winants, Ronny Blust and Dirk Pauwels, and a Stormkop Safari by Koos Hogeweg.


Karlsruhe Introduction Week

1 – 8 April 2024

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Meng-Chan Yu - Wind and Water move the Soil

I conducted field research in nature, the city, and in scientific, artistic, and maritime-related museums.

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Sanne Vaassen - Shaped by Water

Like other phenomena in a landscape, water is a navigator and greatly influences the location of human settlement.

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Mariko Hori - Archiving the Unknown

Mariko Hori has been exploring the possibility of creating handmade paper that can archive environmental DNA and other types of biodata from bodies of water in the city and province of Utrecht (NL).

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Alexandra Crouwers - Nereda 2

One of the interesting field trips as part of the Hydromedia residency research period in Utrecht was a visit to the RWZI wastewater treatment plant in Overvecht, containing Nereda processing tanks.

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Utrecht Introduction Week

4 – 6 October 2023

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Antwerp Exhibition at Stormkop

22 September – 7 October 2023, Antwerp

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Sascha Hermann - Photograms of the Last Resilient Eels

Sascha Hermann used experimental photographical processes to create light refractions, colorimetry, and bioluminescence.

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Tim Theo Deceuninck - Camera Obscuras

Tim Theo Deceuninck turns holes into cameras

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Jarek Lustych - Sounds of Schelde tides

Schelde can be considered as an expression of cooperation between agents...

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Mirja Busch - Puddles and Rain Cycles

During the residency in Antwerp, Mirja Busch worked with puddles and the rain cycle.

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Antwerp Introduction Week

3 – 6 April 2023, Antwerp

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