1% WATER, an exhibition running at art center Z33, aims to be a catalyst for change, reconnecting us physically and psychologically to water and helping us to shape a sustainable future.
Part of it, the Water Archive, is an aquatic 'laboratory' immersing the visitor in water samples collected from the region of Hasselt. The archive aims to provoke questions about the character of natural waters and to raise awareness of man-made issues such as pollution.
Visitors can help to complete the archive by bringing or sending water samples from their own environment. Fresh water from the euregion, Belgium and other places is welcome.
The project intersects with recent public debate in Copenhagen about air pollution in the city. In collaboration with Senior Scientist Jørgen Brandt from The National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark a first prototype is developed for making an indicator that can be placed in the city and display local levels of pollution as well as pollution forecasts on individual streets. The project holds an open source script for displaying data from the Internet in a variety of forms.