Turbidity Paintings: Water Testing

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  • Turbidity Paintings: Water Testing

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  • The project “Turbidity Paintings” proposes a new visualization methodology to record images and collect data on water quality. The core of this is to develop a system of image collection using an image based system to go alongside with traditional water testing equipment. In this workshop, participants will learn about the various aspects that affect water quality and take their own measurements at the Umgeni River, which is one of the most contaminated rivers in the region and is the primary source of water for more than 3.5 million people. “Turbidity Paintings” explores and challenges the divide between the arts and the sciences and directly questions the role of the artist when dealing with science and scientific data. Art and science are not so vastly different in their approaches. The role of the artist and the art in this project is to create an experimental model by which to develop new ways to create a dialogue around, in our example, water quality.


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