Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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Dead Sea
by Karen Lebergott
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Title:
Dead Sea

Author:
Karen Lebergott

Description:
am particularly interested in past environmental events that continue to reverberate in current environmental issues. The image that I have submitted of the Dead Sea in Israel, is both an ancient site and one that continues to have an impact on the regions water supply; the flow of water from country to country, or lack thereof, is creating a continued environmental as well as political crisis. The submitted photograph depicts the area around the current Dead Sea that was for centuries an important source of water for the Middle East. Due to conflict and poor stewardship of the Jordan River and its tributaries the sea has further deteriorated and is splitting into two rather insignificant bodies of water. The water has significantly receded thus visually depicting the crisis that is at hand. While many reasons have been offered for the continued conflicts in the Middle East, the most significant is the lack of water resources and the continuing dispute over the water rights from the river. I would like to help develop workshops that allow multiple actors in the field and the public at large to dialogue about possible solutions. This project proposes a multipronged approach. As an individual artist, I would like to document the sites photographically, while helping to convene a panel to discuss possible solutions in the areas that are being polluted as a result of poor management, waste disposal (including plastics) and mineral extraction I conceive of these plans as a type of collage of activities and professionals to help draw attention and propose solutions to the problems of this fragile ecosystem. I would like to use the funds to help develop a discussion of a small-scale solution to the regulation and pollution of the tributaries that flow into this needed water source of the Sea. In bringing together specialists in environmental issues, economics and politics, I would like to have a discussion about ramifications and practical solutions, to bring a sharper social profile to this acute issue. For example topics that might be discussed such as: why is the water taken from the Dead Sea not paid for by those who produce minerals from the site, how could the local communities be encouraged to dispose of debris (including plastic waste) and what practical approaches could be posited for small scale solutions on a regional basis?
Description:
am particularly interested in past environmental events that continue to reverberate in current environmental issues. The image that I have submitted of the Dead Sea in Israel, is both an ancient site and one that continues to have an impact on the regions water supply; the flow of water from country to country, or lack thereof, is creating a continued environmental as well as political crisis. The submitted photograph depicts the area around the current Dead Sea that was for centuries an important source of water for the Middle East. Due to conflict and poor stewardship of the Jordan River and its tributaries the sea has further deteriorated and is splitting into two rather insignificant bodies of water. The water has significantly receded thus visually depicting the crisis that is at hand. While many reasons have been offered for the continued conflicts in the Middle East, the most significant is the lack of water resources and the continuing dispute over the water rights from the river. I would like to help develop workshops that allow multiple actors in the field and the public at large to dialogue about possible solutions. This project proposes a multipronged approach. As an individual artist, I would like to document the sites photographically, while helping to convene a panel to discuss possible solutions in the areas that are being polluted as a result of poor management, waste disposal (including plastics) and mineral extraction I conceive of these plans as a type of collage of activities and professionals to help draw attention and propose solutions to the problems of this fragile ecosystem. I would like to use the funds to help develop a discussion of a small-scale solution to the regulation and pollution of the tributaries that flow into this needed water source of the Sea. In bringing together specialists in environmental issues, economics and politics, I would like to have a discussion about ramifications and practical solutions, to bring a sharper social profile to this acute issue. For example topics that might be discussed such as: why is the water taken from the Dead Sea not paid for by those who produce minerals from the site, how could the local communities be encouraged to dispose of debris (including plastic waste) and what practical approaches could be posited for small scale solutions on a regional basis?
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