Water shapes life, yet access to this resource is neither equitable nor just. Wildfires, droughts and severe floods have strained the state of California in the last decade, pointing out the limitations of territorial development that impose market logics on scarce and fragile resources. Groundwater in the high desert is rapidly extracted, feeding industrial farms, oil wells and swimming pools, all the while risking potential contamination for its thirsty users. As the scale of infrastructure modifies the geology of the state at a pace never before seen, water poses an unprecedented epistemological challenge.
From freshwater to grey sullage, dense aquifers to dry atmospheres, DeSaturated seeks to critically investigate the degrees of hydrological concentration in the high desert.
Space Saloon and Designers on Holiday present DeSaturated - an interdisciplinary “community-in-residence” program inviting designers, artists and researchers to address the issue of water scarcity in the context of the Californian Cuyama Valley. Daily workshops will take place with artists and designers to explore experimental methodologies that engage in collaborative design processes, including sculpture, casting, film, sound, virtual reality and performance.
Building Without Water
How to Blend In
Folly Feast Lab
Definately Not Architecture
Space Camp 2020: No Diving
The Sound of Rain
Our research for DeSaturated engages in the ecological, political and social narratives surrounding water use in water scarce regions, proposing alternative ways to interact with our fragile environment.
One outcome from this work is a mobile grey-water shower and vegetation irrigation system. The goal of this specific project is to conserve domestic water use, highlight the need for water reuse and showcase alternative ways to interact with our environment through demonstrative prototypes.