Podcast Series - Walking with Water
Episode 1: Office of Hydrocommons: Hidden Waters

Eleni Riga

In this first episode, the curator Eleni Riga presents "The Office of Hydrocommons: Hidden Waters", a sound walk in collaboration with the artist Manolis Manousakis in the city of Novi Sad and along the Danube's shores. This sound walk was conceived as an alternative mode of presentation and storytelling, revolving around a fluid curatorial structure on hydrocommons that Riga is currently developing at Atopos CVC in Athens, Greece. It consists of pre-recorded sounds from Attica's hidden waters, interviews and excerpts of artworks currently in development.

On a rainy September afternoon, Riga shared her waters with the participants and asked them to reflect on theirs, forming a planetary assemblage of bodies of water. Novi Sad's waters are visible and abundant, while Attica's waters are scarce and hidden. This contraction amplifies the commonality that is found in our common wateriness and suggests a different way of being together in the face of global environmental challenges.

Contributions by: Eva Andronikidou, Despina Charitonidi with Yannis Loukos, Maëlle Gross with Pascal Bornand and Mélissa Guex, Harikleia Hari, Maria Nikiforaki with Yannis Issaris, Aris Prospathopoulos, Maria Salomidi and Jeph Vanger, Julia Strauss with Dharmendra Prasad, Lily Consuelo Saporta Tagiuri with Manos Bazanis.

The following texts appear:
The Sacred and the Profane by Mircea Eliade.
Undrowned, Black Feminist Lessons from marine mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs.
What is Water? The History and Crisis of a Modern Abstraction by James Linton.
Bodies of Water posthuman feminist phenomenology by Astrida Neimanis.
Diving in four lungs by Eleni Riga.