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Colours of Water - Programme Notes
The Colours of Water
is a gathering of human beings with a deep interest in and concern for water.
But unlike many other gatherings or conferences, where the mind is pre-eminent, this gathering is
also a gathering of the senses.
Artificial barriers have long been
drawn between science and art, largely by what appear to be fundamentally
different ‘languages’, and by a view (held by a reductionist few thank
goodness), that unlike scientific research and practice, art is non-verifiable and
offers no ‘truth’ in its material presentations and outcomes.
here we are going to see (and hear) activities and outcomes that disprove any
ideas of separation and intellectual alienation! The truth is that both artists
and scientists are observers of the infinite phenomenal variations of the
materials in and of the cosmos. Symmetry, chance, even quantum energies, are as
relevant to the scientist as they are to the creative artist.
Wateris not only the
catalyst for life itself, but it is an enduring and evanescent part of the way
we perceive ourselves as ‘quantum particles’ in the universe. Think of the
drawings of water by Leonardo; the deluge-studies by JMW Turner; the limpid
reflections (in water) of Monet; of Debussy’s ocean in turmoil and calm in his
beautiful La Mer and even of the raging torrent of stormy words and
ideas at the very opening of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and you will know
of the powerful influence and attraction of water for artists of all kinds and
from all periods (and cultures) in the history of art.
Mae-Wan writes of the rainbow colours of water in her new book ('Living
and when one sees the mathematics of water, on page after page, one also sees
the divisionist ‘atoms’ of colour to be found in the paintings of Seurat and
Signac, and also the thousands of ‘coloured points’ (musical notes) in
Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Messiaen and even in my own Concerto for Orchestra- Studies in
the Movement of Water.
was right, all things connect. But what is especially exciting about
this event, is the sense it is going to bring of inter-sensuality itself. In
joining we are forming a beautiful ‘arch’ (a rainbow
perhaps) between thought and sensation.
will not solve the problems of our species facing habitat-destruction and
global warming. I like to think that what we shall do together will be based in
Koestler’s old brain activity as much as it will be the product of our
21st century minds and bodies of knowledge. Sharing and celebrating
like this is a direct link with our earlier hominid ancestors. Once again, we
will become the minds in the cave, but with the addition of our senses,
the ‘space’ we will inhabit will be fertile, mercurial, liquid, crystalline and
Edward Cowie, Artistic co-Director Maurens, France, November 2012.
Colours of Water
festival of art, science and music
and brought to you by the Institute of Science in Society
the focus of rituals and myths in cultures across the world, because of its
powers to cleanse, purify, and heal; just as its infinitely varied forms,
colours, and moods are the stuff of art and poetry; and Edward Cowie - most
illustrious composer/visual artist/naturalist of our age - has provided some
wonderful examples in his Foreword. The beauty and tantalizing mysteries of
water have possessed generations of scientists, for they are just the qualities
that make it essential for life.
this precious and vital life-resource is being depleted and degraded at
alarming rates, and further threatened by global warming (see World Water Supply in Jeopardy, SiS 56). As generally
recognized, the lack of fresh, clean, water severely threatens food and energy
security, as well as health, political stability, and economic viability. The
looming water crisis is avoidable, and a raft of measures to improve water-use
efficiency, to harvest water, and to reduce pollution need to be widely
implemented (see Using Water Sustainably, SiS
57). However, public awareness remains low, and very few political leaders have
taken the issue on board.
proper public understanding and appreciation of water is urgently needed, if we
are to win the hearts and mind of people in ending the destruction and devoting
major efforts into conserving and restoring this essential life-resource. But
there are also deeper reasons to focus on water.
world is in turmoil, old institutions are breaking down; the global financial
crisis deepens amid widening inequality and spreading social unrest. People
everywhere are ripe for a change; and we believe that water, both the science
and art of water, holds the key to the change.
is not only essential for life, it also embodies all that life entails:
spontaneous and free-flowing, sensitive and responsive, accommodating and
flexible, yet effective and powerful. It is emblematic of the organic revolution
that has been taking place in physical science and the arts, but still waiting
to happen in biology and in society at large.
findings in the quantum physics of water are profoundly changing our
understanding of life, and what it means to be a real organism instead of the
mechanistic simulacrum that has dominated biology and our social institutions
for hundreds of years. The new knowledge of water – and I mean knowledge in all
senses of the word that involves complete comprehension with heart, senses, and
mind - will transform every aspect of life: from health and education to the
pursuit of happiness.
contribute to the momentous task of engaging society in the appreciation of
water and building a better life for all, a group of scientists, engineers,
artists, musicians, and other professionals have put together possibly the
world’s first festival of art, science, and music. This is taking place over
the period 12-28 March 2o13 at the Menier Gallery in London (51 Southwark
Street, London SE1 1RU, nr London Bridge underground station). An exhibition of
visual arts, sound and multimedia installations is held at the Gallery for the
entire duration; with a series of workshops and performances leading up to and
around two full day conferences, the first on 21 March dedicated to the new
science of water and life, and the second on 22 March, dedicated to World Water
are extremely heartened by the enthusiastic and spirited response from our
presenters who have created new works inspired by the festival. Many are also
donating their expenses in part or in full to support the festival. We are most
grateful to them, for without their creativity, dedication, and support, our
festival would not be taking place.
would like to thank Julian Haffegee, Peter Saunders, Eva Sirinathsinghji and
Emma Churchman of ISIS for the long extra hours they have put in to help
organise the festival.
and not least, we thank our sponsors, Third World Network, Salvia Foundation,
Helga Kreutzritter Foundation, and Zeus Jones for financial support.
Mae-Wan Ho Founder and Artistic Director
London, November 2012
All events available for pre-booking
online at: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/coloursofwater/, by phone: 44-(0)1908-696101, or by
post: Colours of Water ISIS, 29 Tytherton Road, London N19 4PZ, UK.
Registering for the main World Water Day Conference entitles you to the Art Exhibition preview reception
Colours of Water Art Exhibition
12-28 March 11:00 – 18:00 (closed Sundays) Admission free, except during the events listed below
Visual arts by Edward Cowie, Heather Cowie,Kathy Haffegee, Mae-Wan Ho, Li Poonand Matt Poon
Multimedia & sound installations by
Susan Alexjander,Martin Chaplin, Julian Haffegee, Mae-Wan Ho,Tom Lawrence,Stevo Hausheer, Li Poon and Pradan Preview free for registered participants and invited guests only 12 March 18:00 – 20: 00
14:00 – 16:00
Susan Alexjander: Fluid, a Creation in Sound Sound creation inspired by living water in the body Ticket £12
19:00 – 21:00
Chris Lee,Jenny Howe,Joe Pettitts andRod Youngs: Waterscapes World premiere piano-led jazz trio on water-related themes & vocals Ticket £12
18:30 – 20:30
Earth Music Unlimited: Water Music Unlimited Improvisations byEdward Cowie piano, with Stephen Preston flute, and Mifune Tsuji, violin
Eric Landen & Stevo Hausheer: Resonances:
The Spirit of Water Dedication to World Water Day (included in conference fee)
19:00 – 21:00
Lotte Anker and Mark Sanders: You are Water, I am Water Saxophone-led jazz trio Ticket £12
14:00 – 16:00
Julian Haffegee: Water Carnival The science & art of engaging nature’s quantum jazz Ticket £12
11:00 – 12:30
Martin Chaplin: Molecular Models of Water Science & art of structuring water Ticket £12
11:00 – 17:00
Jim Oschman: Water & Energy Medicine Science & art of healing with water electricity Ticket £40 (includes tea & coffee)
21 March 11:00 – 17:30 New Science of Water for Life Admission £40 book now Gerald Pollack, Martin Chaplin,Djuro Koruga, Emilio Del Giudice,Mae-Wan Ho,Peter Fisher,Jim Oschman,Elmar Fuchs,Tim Crowe
22 March 11:00 – 17:30 World Water Day Admissions £40 book now Eric Landen,Stevo Hausheer,Chee Yokeling,Dinabandhu Karmaka,Joe Cummins,Shui-Yin Lo,Emilio Del Giudice,Mae-Wan Ho, Adrian Ho,Eva Sirinathsinghji
Colours of Water Art Exhibition
11:00 – 18:00 (closed Sundays) Admission free, except during the events listed below
outpourings in a profusion
of styles and themes with great originality and verve from each of six artists, most works newly created for and
inspired by the festival; also sound and multimedia installations.
Edward Cowie, world renowned composer, artist and naturalist, draws
and paints to find new music arising from intimate communions with nature.
Barrier Reef 5 by Edward 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.”
Into the Deep 4 – Fathoming Cinque Terre by Heather Cowie
artist Kathy Haffegeemagically stitches fabrics into intricate
patterns and rich textures with dyes, beads, paper, metals, wires, paint,
embossing powder; already collectors’ items.
Aqua Vita by Kathy Haffegee
colourful, energetic, spontaneous, and free flowing gestures (‘water’s quantum
jazz’) come directly from her deep knowledge and love of water. “I want to
paint what it feels to be water, and to be in water.”
Water and colours fall, flow, merge, and overlap of their own accord, to
capture each unique moment of creation.
Rainbow Snake Quartet (first panel) by Mae-Wan Ho
goes beyond a seamless fusion of Chinese/European/Meso-American traditions to
surprise and delight, as forms emerge effortlessly and tumble out from his
paintings, which are much loved for their ‘shamanistic’ qualities.
Sunrise over the Lily Pond by Li Poon
makes Australian aboriginal water myths his very own in a series of new paintings
at once romantic and naïve yet vibrant and authentic.
Story of Black
Swans by Matt Poon
Martin Chaplin presents sculptures of Water Clusters and video
installation, based on a model he proposed, which has been confirmed since by
Julian Haffegee’s Water Carnival mixes Tom Lawrence’s award-winning
hydrophone recordings with his own music and liquid crystalline images of
organisms discovered in Mae-Wan Ho’s laboratory.
a group of scientists, engineers and other professionals in India, presents a
video on how water conservation transforms waste land into verdant fields and
installations include Susan Aexjander’s Ocean, originally
designed for the July 2010 Oddfellows Gallery Installation in Mendocino,
California, dir. By Thais Mazur; Tom Lawrence’s Water Beetles of
Pollardstown Fen, a series of hydrophone recordings of water beetles in a
fascinating underwater soundscape; Julian Haffegee’s Water
Carnival mixes his own music to Tom Lawrence’s tracks; and Classical Guitar
music by Li Poon, who is an accomplished Spanish guitar-player as
well as a consummate visual artist.
the strangest liquid on earth, and its strangeness is precisely why it is
essential for life. See what liquid water is really like by learning to build
beautiful molecular models from the most authoritative scientist in the field;
suitable also for school children.
workshop is about the scientific discoveries validating alternative and
complementary medicine, and the language that can describe those discoveries to
the public and the health-care community. The language is simple and the
message is profound. It is an appreciation of energetics, a topic neglected in
the education of most Western medical professionals. Water is key in updating
the science of energetics and its clinical applications.
the soundtrack, was first designed in collaboration with sculptor Rebecca Kamen
for the Smith Farm Center for Healing in Washington, DC, spring 2012. It is a
sonic journey through the body, guided by the cranialsacral model of healing
with its tides, stillpoints, breath cycles, pulses and delicate surges of
expression. Everything entwines like root and flower, and the humble hero is
water. We are heading towards a vibrational breakthrough on this planet, which
involves sensuous, aware, body intelligence, and everything is jamming!
conference brings you right up-to-date with the amazing recent findings on
water that demand a new cell biology and medicine. Hear it straight from the
top water scientists and leaders in complementary medicine
Welcome and Introduction from Chair
Interfacial Water the Fourth State of Matter
What water is really like
Molecular structure of water based on e
Emilio Del Giudice
Quantum Coherent Water & Life
Living H2O, the Rainbow Within
How Water Heals
Understanding the Floating Water Bridge
Electrolyzed Reduced Water: Clinical Experience in Pet Animals
ByEarth Music Unlimited Trio: Edward
PrestonBaroque flute, Mifune
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 will intercommunicate to translate their
experiences of water in several states:
Falls and Pools (linked with Cowie’s O Brook paintings)
will also be premiering two new studies for solo piano from his cycle, The Waters of Life.
musicians will also talk about their perceptions of water and sound, sharing
their imaginations and how a contemplation of water can enhance and transform
their playing and their musical ideas.
Lotte Anker, saxophones; Mark Sanders drums/percussion
World premiere. You are water, I am water is a structure improvisation that explores different states of water and how those states translates into sound, energy and cyclic forms. The title (part quote from Yoko Ono) also refers to the more subtle and intuitive communication between human beings and the unity of human beings and nature.
replete with rhythms, activity, and music. But most lab techniques are either
too destructive or restrictive to enable organisms to tell the scientists what
they are really like. A non-destructive microscopic technique (discovered in
Mae-Wan Ho’s laboratory) enables us to see living organisms in rainbow colours,
and teaches us the most important lesson about living organisation.
late Tom Lawrence, prize-winning composer and sound recordist behind many
award-winning films, TV
series and documentaries, lowered a hydrophone in Pollardstown Fen, revealing
to the world the fascinating symphonies taking place under water.
a musician as well as scientist, I have already composed music inspired by the
live images, which have been released in a series of Quantum Jazz DVDs
(available from ISIS website). Tom Lawrence’s tracks have encouraged me to go
one step further, to mix my music to the natural symphonies and marry that to
the images of live organisms.
workshop is particularly suitable for school children; participants will get
the opportunity to see live organisms under the polarizing microscope.
Map, Hotels and Restaurant Guide
A Menier Chocolate Factory and Gallery (the venue: there is also a restaurant on the premises) B Most convenient exit from Underground (follow sign to “Borough High Street, West side”) C London Bridge Railway Station
There are lots of restaurants within easy walking distance and at varying prices. The best places to look are Borough Market and Borough High Street. Like most eating places in central London, these can get crowded at 1pm. We've tried almost all of these and they were fine.There are also many stalls in Borough Market that sell takeaway food. Just a bit further up the river (i.e. to your left on the map) are the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern Gallery, both of which also have places to eat.
1 Anchor Bankside (an old pub, food not too expensive) 2 Cafe Brood (paella &c, not expensive) 3 The George (the last galleried pub in London – you get to it from Borough High Street) 4 Just Mango Tree (Indian) 5 The Market Porter (pub with restaurant upstairs) 6 Nandos (speciality is peri-peri chicken; a well run chain and good value) 7 Tapas Brindisa (tends to be crowded at 1pm) 8 Tas (Turkish chain; good value) 9 Tito’s (Peruvian) 10 Wagamama (Japanese; ramen house chain) 11 Brew Wharf (pub that brews its own beer; not too expensive) 12 Luncheonette (takeaway only but cheap) 13 Bunch of Grapes (pub with food) 14 Spiazzo (cafe) 15 Fretelli (cafe)
For participants coming from abroad or outside London, we suggest the following hotels. The first two are within walking distance of the venue and the third a short underground ride away. Rates vary from ~ £75 to £120 per night, which are very reasonable for London. Those who do not mind paying more will find many more choices either close to the venue or in other parts of London.