The research group Art & Spatial Praxis focuses on artistic practices that broaden our imaginations of alternative social orders and ways of living within capitalist city structures.

Invitation 13/14 April: Climate Imaginaries at Sea: Studio encounters on Water
a two-day event filled with workshops, presentations, talks and pod reading sessions

The coalition Climate Imaginaries at Sea invites you to Studio Encounters on Water, a two­ day event filled with workshops, presentations, talks and pod reading sessions where you can learn more about what we’ve done, where we are going and how you can be part of it.

Who has the privilege to imagine the future of climate change, and for whom are its effects already present? In three artistic research studios, Climate Imaginaries at Sea speculates possible futures in and around water through various artistic and participatory research practices, taking the following questions as a starting point:

  • How can artists create connections to indigenous and global South climate knowledges across multiple cultural perspectives where the consequences of rising sea levels are already a reality?

  • How can we understand the impact of rising sea levels in relation to housing, clothing and soil through material artistic research?

  • And how can interspecies imaginaries help form different relationships with rising seas beyond considering them as merely a threat?

As author Amitav Ghosh points out, “the climate crisis is also a crisis of the imagination”. Imagining the future of climate change is crucial for accepting change, whether in our personal lives, environment or politics.

Join us on this journey of reflection, research and imagination around the future of water.

13­ & 14 April 2023
12:00 -17:00
Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86 Amsterdam, NL

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13 April

12:00 - 12:45 Walk-in | Collective Lunch provided by Climate Imaginaries at Sea
12:45 - 13:00 Soundscape by Femke Dekker
13:00 - 13:15 Introduction by Patricia de Vries
13:20 - 14:05 Drawing Water | Talk and drawing exercise by Anne Dessing

14:10 - 14:20 BREAK

14:25 - 15:10 Villa Zapakara | Coco Duivenvoorde and Dakaya Lenz, with Joy Brandsma
15:15 - 15:25 Water Nation | Screening by Kim Spierenburg
15:30 - 15:50 Zikzira | Screening with an introduction by Fernanda and Andre
15:55 - 16:10 Climate Imaginaries at Sea #1 zine launch | Presentation by Carlo de Gaetano, Mariana Fernandez and Andy Dockett

16:15 - 17:00 Drinks

14 April

12:00 - 12:40 Walk-in | Collective Lunch provided by Climate Imaginaries at Sea
12:40 - 12:45 Introduction of day #2 by Patricia de Vries
12:45 - 13:30 Read-in: Pod reading sessions | Undrowned by Alexis Pauline Gumbs hosted by Flavia Pinheiro, Mikki Stelder, Isis Andreatta, Janne Igbuwe and Ainhoa Hernández Escudero

13:30 - 13:45 BREAK

13:45 - 15:15 School of Mountains and Waters: Chile | Amanda Piña and Cecilia Vallejos
15:15 - 16:00 Closing Reflection and Call to Action | Mikki Stelder, Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca and Andy Dockett

16:15 - 16:45 Drinks

The Climate Imaginaries at Sea project is brought forward by Art & Spatial Praxis at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA), the Lectorate of the Academy of Theatre and Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) and the Visual Methodologies Collective at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). The research groups work in partnership with ARIAS, platform for artistic research in Amsterdam, and a network of partners that includes Tolhuistuin, the Institute for Sound & Vision and CoECI - Centre of Expertise for Creative Innovation. This project is partly made possible by the Center of Expertise for Creative Innovation (CoECI)

Climate Imaginaries at Sea is part of the Route Kunst NWA project 'Bit by bit, or not at all' within the 'Small Projects' scheme funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). For more information visit or email