Ice benches on Union Square

The other day there was an installation at Union Square commenting on the human impact on the climate changes…

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Niagara Falls

From Klara and Karina

Nigara Falls…… Nature is amazing and on the move.

Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly-formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment  en route to the Atlantic Ocean. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. More than six million cubic feet (168,000 m³) of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow, and almost 4 million cubic feet (110,000 m³) on average. It is the most powerful waterfall in North America.

The Niagara Falls are renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Managing the balance between recreational, commercial, and industrial uses has been a challenge for the stewards of the falls since the 1800s.

Today the falls has moved more than seven miles upstream due to erosion. Erosion continues today, but the rate has been slowed by the diversion of water upstream for the generation of electricity. We can temporarily maintainthe shape of the falls by slowing erosion, but even modern technology can’t stop geological activity. Niagara Falls is a living, constantly evolving example of the processes that formed it.

 

 

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Niagara Power Project

From Klara and Karina:

As some of you know we started our visit here in the States by going on a Road Trip to Niagara Falls. And when there we also visited the Niagara Falls Power Plant. It was a very interesting visit in relation to Waterways.

From the Niagara Falls Power Plant website:

You know it as one of the great natural wonders of the world. But did you know that the power behind Niagara Falls also helps generate some of the least expensive electricity anywhere?

The United States and Canada have shared the Niagara River’s water power—along with a commitment to preserve the beauty of the Falls—for nearly half a century.  And our Niagara Power Project will continue to produce steady supplies of clean, carbon-free hydroelectricity for another 50 years with a new federal license which took effect September 1, 2007.

Check out the link below for more information about the plant and the whole power projekt:

NYPA Facilities:  Niagara Power Project

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an interesting watery place – galapagos

From Matt:

I just wanted to post a link to Galapagos Art Space as a possible venue for an aspect of this project. It is basically a night club that presents various degrees of experimental music other performance arts. There are two reasons I thought it could be a good place for us: it is right by the water between the  Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges (across the street from where Annie, Lucy, David and I met), and it has a water theme with the audience sitting on islands floating on a pool of water where the floor would normally be. It would be a good venue if we wanted to have a night-time performance that we were trying to draw a bunch of people to. Check it out:

http://www.galapagosartspace.com/

Green architechture for the future

From Klara:

Louisiana is a museum for modern art outside Copenhagen. I was there yesterday and their current exhibition “Green architechture for the future” is very interesting. It focuses on new departures in architecture that meet the need for sustainable development. Here are some quotes and information from yesterday that I want to share with you:

“54,4% of movement by walking and cycling in Shanghai”

“10% of movement by walking and cycling in new NYC”

“Average water usage for inhabitants in NY: 500 liters per capita”

“Average water usage for inhabitants in Copenhagen: 121 liters per capita”

“A person emits 35 g of moisture per hour while standing and 125 g per hour while doing strenuous activity.”

“Natural sounds are significantly different to technical or synthetic sounds. We attribute positive associations to natural sounds, whereas technical or synthetic sounds of the same sound level are perceived as noice. A waterfall, especially in an atrium, creates a positive background noise, which covers other sounds, in addition to providing privacy.”

Underneath is a quote by Norman Foster referring to a project that he is working on from 2007-2023. Masdar City is to be built in the United Arab Emirates and the plan is to create a prototypical and sustainable city, one in which residents and commuters can enjoy the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint.

“To believe in a sustainable future is to trust it will result in a better world. The city of the future has to be a more attractive place in which to live and work. If Masdor or any sustainable initiative does not result in a great place to be, if it isn´t a city that you really want to live in or visit, if it does not lift the spirits, then it is not fulfilling a central part of its function.”

More info about the exhibition here: Green Architecture for the Future – Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

And here is also a cool website made for this exhibition: what if?….cities

Klara

Movement Research in New York

From Emma:

Earlier this spring I contacted Movement Research in New York about their Studies Project Series.

In short the Series is a possibility for artists to present their work to collegues and fellow artist and to get feedback. Last week the MR contacted me and they are interested in us having a presentation of Water Ways there.  I think it could be an interesting oppertunity and a way to connect to New York dance life.

Response to the Water Muse

From Lucy:

Water Molecule

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Some stand-outs for me in David’s list are the fact that water is a unique compound, forms snowflakes, and has great destructive capacity.  I’m curious to know more about what makes the molecular composition unique.  Could we create a water molecule?  What does it take to view it?  What does it look like up-close?  Could we create and combine water molecules in different forms, within ice, on a molecular level, and design chemical snowflakes?  How would we do it?  What would this look like on a massive scale – a glacier?

I am also intrigued by David’s point that water is colorless, yet creates rainbows and reflects light.  What if a physical action created a rainbow, by spraying water at a certain time of day perhaps?  See the League’s plant rainbow contraption for The Grafting Parlour:  http://www.imaginaryscience.org/gfp 

All things are mostly water.  Is this specific to mammals and what we eat, to living things?

David writes that the role of science is to understand in order to balance control of movement and function, yet also to discover through exploration and experimentation.  Can we really “control” such an unruly element as water?  Of course we can help along its course of destruction, by injecting pollutants into the flow and eroding the land that holds the waterways on course, so then is it a responsibility to control water?