Are we dyeing or are we dying?

A plethora of glass jars that holds water from lakes, roadside puddles, water taps and many other water sources, has given birth to a comprehensive study. Through this process-based project, we have looked into the dichotomy of your everyday water and natural colours and are posing questions.

Colour facilitates a higher form of communication, evoking native instincts and recognition. Natural colours in different places are often a reflection of the surroundings and can provide clues and indications to livelihood, water quality and the general state of the environment. Colour from plants and water evokes questions about humanity, nature and its variation. This project is an exploration of the holistic world of natural colour and perceives the sensory tactile recognition of colours in the surroundings. Natural colorants extracted from flowers, spices such as turmeric and from organic remains such as discarded seeds, pits and avocado stones are used to breathe life into dull fabric and to explore an alternative to wearing toxic paint.

Colour and water commingle. The colour of water can reveal so much about its source, use and abuse. The students of Srishti are collaborating with environmental, transdisciplinary artist Jeanette Schäring to look into the relationship of water with its sister elements earth, air, space and fire through a process of experimentations.

Whose water are you using at the end of the day? Is it the water that has been provided to you at the expense of leaving a slum dry or is the water that has been fought over by two states? We are delving into the layers of complexity that subtly indulge themselves into the water that is taken for granted in our everyday lives. “Colour of water is an indicator to the changes in urban space,” says Jeanette. “It all comes down to the water in the end, its quality, its content, composition, the microorganisms it carry and the stories it bear. Water is the blood of the earth. Almost 75% of our body being composed of water. It is said that the salt content in our cerebrospinal fluid is nearly the same as the salt content in the ocean. Which means we are all interconnected and communicate through water,” she adds.

Performing for the spectator, the students of this project will open the dialogue to the holistic nature of colours and water through a twisted medium of dining. Words will be exchanged, information will be passed and knowledge will flow. We invite you to imbibe the experience that will mould your sensitivity to life.

Water & Colour is an investigation and experimentation of the merging of ancient knowledge, cultural and historical crafts in connection with natural sciences, biology and chemistry, technology, fibre, water, people, space and eco-philosophy.