Drinkable, Pipeline, and Water Works were a series of site-specific installations dealing with water scarcity using the water pipes we so often overlook as material.
Water is set to be the 21st century’s driving force. Sea levels are rising, drinking water is becoming scarcer, hydroelectric dams are getting bigger, irrigation is turning desert into farmland. Bottled water often costs more than gasoline.
Pipes go along with civilization, they are the veins that carry the lifeblood, but we ignore them completely until something goes wrong. They are a common sight during construction, but disappear afterward, hidden behind walls or buried underground.
I want to bring these banal objects to the forefront, not just for the sake of the pipes themselves but to highlight how something many of us take for granted can also be something that is so vital. According to the World Health Organization, about “1.1 billion people have no access to any type of improved drinking source of water.” On the other hand, the UAE tripled its desalination efforts from 2000-2011 to 1.7 billion cubic meters of water. This type of scaling helps decrease cost and make it more viable to bring solutions such as this to the developing world.
Water Works was a site-specific installation commissioned for Sikka Art Fair by Dubai Culture. It was installed in the Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood in Dubai during March and April 2015. It consisted of over 1.1 kilometers of pipes, 3500+ fittings, and a surround sound system. A 20-minute 5.1-channel audio track filled the installation.
A short documentary on this project by the amazing Iranian filmmaker, Roozbeh Kafi, can be found here
Pipeline was a site-specific installation, commissioned for the GMIS launch, which was cosponsored by the UAE Government, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the World Economic Forum. Held in Al Ain, UAE in September 2015.
Drinkable was a site-specific installation, commissioned for UAE’s Innovation Week and installed at American University in Dubai.