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Colours of Water
A festival of art, science, and music inspired by water
The ISIS Colours of Water festival took place from 12th-28th March 2013 (see the original programme here). Following the success of this event, ISIS will be releasing content on the ISIS website, in issue #58 of Science in Society, on youtube/vimeo and on DVD.
As different items become available they will be announced here
You are Water I am Water - Lotte Anker and Mark Sanders
An improvisation on the theme of water, by Jazz saxophonist Lotte Anker and percussionist Mark Sanders. The performance was recorded at the Colours of Water festival on March 22nd 2013. To buy a DVD of the entire performance, see the ISIS online store.
Poet Stephen C. Middleton, a long-time fan of Lotte Anker (saxophonist/composer and one of the leaders on the Scandinavian improvised/experimental jazz), was in attendance at You are Water, I am Water. Here is his poem with references to various previous performances by Lotte and one by Ellery Eskelin at the Vortex Jazz Club in North London.
Lotte in London
She puts a bottle in the bell of the saxophone. Ellery had his cleaning stick to blow past, but (neck swelling) didn’t know. She knows – she puts a bottle in the bell of the saxophone - & takes her own sweet time. Then they (she & percussionist / drummer Mark Sanders) are clicking & bleating in unison, until bang / blat (no visible signal), & silence. Flown in from Woodstock. Challenges – shift of time, zone, thrown like particles at Cern – trained reflexes / honed instinct. Reactions at the speed of improvisation. Beyond that velocity will take care of itself. Lotte in her own sweet time. Lotte in Copenhagen. Lotte in London.
Reflections - Earth Music Unlimited
Earth Music Unlimited improvised on the theme of water at the festival on the evening of March 21st. They are: Edward Cowie, piano; Stephen Preston, flute; Mifune Tsuji violin. The first piece, 'Reflections' is reproduced here. To buy a DVD of the entire performance, see the ISIS online store.
Raindance - Chris Lee Trio
The Chris Lee Trio performed at the festival on March 20th - the first track of the evening was Raindance, based on a painting by Li Poon, and is reproduced here. To buy a DVD of the entire performance, see the ISIS online store.
Three water workshops were held in the opening few days of the festival: Martin Chaplins Molecular Models of Water on the 16th March, Jim Oschmans Water and Energy Medicine on the 19th March and Susan Alexjanders Fluid, a Creation in Sound on March 20th.
DVD of the Waterscapes performance, by piano-led jazz trio.
World premiere of Waterscapes; a selection of music inspired by the water-themed artwork by ISIS Artists, and other water-related songs. Chris Lee piano, Joe Pettitt bass, Rod Youngs drums, Jenny Howe vocals.
(Pre-order, available June 2013). DVD of the Water Music Unlimited performance.
Water Music Unlimited Concert By Earth Music Unlimited Trio: Edward Cowie piano, Stephen Preston Baroque flute, Mifune Tsuji violin. Three classically trained musicians with a single purpose: that music and the forces of nature coalesce and blend. All are deeply concerned with a quest to find new musical forms and new forms of acoustic self-expression. A recital of mainly improvised music in which the trio intercommunicate to translate their experiences of water. Cowie also premieres two new studies for solo piano from his cycle, The Waters of Life.
A rare opportunity to see the living organisms that inspired Mae-Wan Ho to write the rainbow and the Worm. Julian Haffegee with introduction by Mae-Wan Ho. March 23rd.
Mae-Wan Ho scientist/artist and director of ISIS wants the whole world to quantum jazz with her
Mae-Wan Ho will be talking twice at the festival: on 21st March 2013, with a lecture entitled 'Living H2O, the Rainbow Within' Further details 21st March - buy tickets and on 22nd March, with a lecture entitled 'Science & Art of Water' Further details - buy tickets
Sustainable Water Technology Expert Elmar Fuchs on the Amazing Floating Water Bridge
Elmar Fuchs will be talking at the festival on 21st March 2013, with a lecture entitled 'Understanding the Floating Water Bridge' Further details 21st March - buy tickets
You can also see an existing video clip of a lecture by Dr. Fuchs here
Water is an ocean of inspiration to jazz Improviser/composer Lotte Anker
Lotte Anker and Mark Sanders will be performing at the festival on 22nd March 2013, with jazz improvisation 'You are Water, I am Water' Further details - buy tickets
Dr. Shui-Yin Lo from Caltech on discovering stable water clusters and health
Shui-Li Yo will be talking at the festival on World Water Day, 22nd March 2013, with a lecture entitled 'Stable Water Clusters & Health' Further details - buy tickets
ISIS artist Li Poon discovers he has been painting living water
Li Poon's paintings will be exhibited at the Colours of Water art exhibition, 12-28th March 2013.
Cell biologist/biophysicist/energy medicine pioneer Jim Oschman says water can teach us to be healthy
Jim Oschman will appear twice at the Colours of Water Festival. He will present a workshop entitled 'Water is Key to Energy Medicine' on March 19th Further details - buy tickets. He will also talk at the New Science of Water for Life Conference, 21st March 2013, with a lecture entitled 'Water & Energy Medicine' Further details 21st March - buy tickets
Founding partner of ZeusJones Adrian Ho says business should take inspiration from the new science of water
Adrian Ho will be appearing at the festival on World Water Day, 22nd March 2013, with a lecture entitled 'Learning to Flow' Further details - buy tickets
You can see another recent interview with Adrian, 'Our conversation with Adrian Ho' here
ISIS research/staff writer Eva Sirinathsinghi says GM crops are a recipe for disaster in times of water depletion
Eva Sirinathsinghi will be appearing at the festival on World Water Day, 22nd March 2013. Further details 22nd March - buy tickets
Visual artist Heather Cowie paints to encourage respect for and celebration of water
Heather Cowie creates shimmering ever-changing surfaces on canvas with infinite flakes of colours subtly juxtaposed and superimposed, to express “water’s infinite capacity to carry, translate and transform image, [its] reflection and colour.”
See Heather's work at the Colours of Water art exhibition, 12-28th March 2013
Professor of Nanotechnology Djuro Koruga says water is beautiful and sublime, like the number e
Djuro Koruga will be appearing at the festival at the New Science of Water for Life Conference, 21st March 2013, with a lecture entitled 'Molecular structure of water based on e' Further details 21st March - buy tickets
Prof Joe Cummins demands clean drinking water for all
Edward Cowie, musician/artist/naturalist, on cosmic mind & senses in creativity
Edward Cowie will be performing with his Earth Music Unlimited Trio: Edward Cowie piano, Stephen Preston Baroque flute, Mifune Tsuji violin; and separately premiering two new studies for solo piano from his cycle, The Waters of Life. Further details 21st March - buy tickets
World’s foremost water researcher Gerald Pollack says simple models are elegant and beautiful
Textile artist Kathy Haffegee on stitching the magical texture of water
Kathy Haffegee As a textile artist I am continually challenged by the creative process of transforming the drab surface of a fabric to one with amazing patterns and textures. I love the tactile quality of cloth but also work with a variety of mixed media –paper, metals, wires, paint, and embossing powders.
I did a City and Guilds course in creative embroidery, and have been showing and selling my work and leading workshops in the Milton Keynes area for the last 12 years. For the past few years, images of my embroideries have appeared frequently in the pages of Science in Society magazine.
I am a member of the Stacey Hill Stitchers, a group that meets in and supports the local Museum of Agriculture. The group’s activities include making historic costumes, samplers, fund-raising and teaching sewing skills to local children.
Emilio Del’Giudice, quantum-field theorist, tells us how the new quantum physics of water raises physical truth to the level of poetic truth
Emilio Del Giudice was born on 1 January 1940 in Naples, Italy, and is now retired from the position of Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). He has done research at MIT (Cambridge, USA) and at Niels-Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. A theoretical physicist whose main interests are quantum field theory and physics of collective and coherent processes, he has also investigated the structure of liquid water, with particular reference to living matter.
Prof. Peter Saunders says the new science of water tells us how science should be done
Peter Saunders is co-Director of ISIS and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at King’s College London. He is a Vice-president of the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, and has worked for a long time on the scientific alternative to the neo-Darwinist theory of evolution, complex systems, and more recently, modelling physiological control and finding the cause of Type II diabetes.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho talks on water; why it is important, and why it is the subject of this festival
Mae-Wan Ho, Director and co-founder of the Institute of Science in Society (www.i-sis.org.uk) to reclaim science for the public good, is best known for pioneering work on the physics of organisms and sustainable systems and the liquid crystalline water of the living matrix; also a staunch critic of neo-Darwinian theory and the biotech industry. Much in demand as a public speaker and a prolific writer, Mae-Wan has more than 170 scientific publications, 18 books, and over 500 popular articles and essays across all disciplines.
Regarded by some as “the most influential scientist alive today,” her work not only informs the public and policy-makers, but is also deeply appreciated by other scientists as well as those trained in arts and the humanities, being herself an artist and occasional poet.
It has been her life-long ambition to integrate sciences, arts and the humanities in a complete way of knowing, understanding, and living. She started painting over 40 years ago, and has finally found her element in water. In an astonishing burst of creativity, she produced a new book on the quantum physics and chemistry of water in living organisms, 'Living Rainbow H2O', and dozens of energetic new paintings within a year, a selection of which will be on show in the Colours of Water festival.