Liquid Futures is an experimental public arts and humanities collaboratory run by Jaimey Faris and based in Hawai'i. This is a co-learning space for environmental art and humanities students at University of Hawaiʻi and community members to engage in regenerating Indigenous and local water cultures.
Together we play with different public art and humanities modes that create soft spaces for sharing and transforming our relations to each other and this watery world: digital storytelling, collaborative poetry, collective mural making, interviewing, hosting "water councils" and more. These methods are based in historical and ecological research, deep observation, reflection, futures imagining, joy, care, and relationship building.
Our current question: How does water want to be represented?
Imagining from the point of view of particular water bodies——and their associated animal, plant, land, spirit beings——upsets the human-centered (and often capital-centered) approaches to water issues. Complex water infrastructure issues demand policy change and system intervention to implement positive feedback loops for the future. Before that happens, we need to transform our knowledge, our relationship, and our imagination about what water is and wants. This means engaging the communities who live near, and the communities who care take, bodies of water to share their knowledge, questions, and concerns. This also means creating playful opportunities to learn or relearn the value of water.
Images from our Re-mapping Collab Workshop on Pu'uloa (Pearl Harbor)
Instagram posts for #hoh808 from the point of view of animal beings telling a story of an abundant future for Malama Pu'uloa....