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  • Titill er á ensku Symbiosis of human and water in the anthropocene
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    The relationship between humankind and water has changed. This change is apparent in the new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Humankind has become the most dominant geological force, because of our interference with nature and its natural cycles. Dam constructions, pipes and pumps; industries have disrupted water (hydrologic) cycles, which have created an unbalanced relationship and ignorance towards nature and its resources. This unbalance has accelerated more consumption and more control on water, premised by human beings with a poor understanding of valuing nature. This statement is discussed with the recognised Icelandic artist, Rúrí, in an interview; in addition to her work in connection to the Anthropocene’s premises.
    With the great and disruptive changes we are facing in the new geological time on water cycles; floods, droughts, extreme climate conditions, water scarcity and pollution. It is now humankind’s responsibility to create awareness and react on the matter of water. It is also our responsibility as designers to rethink new values and good solutions in the Anthropocene, following examples of e.g. the micro water-harvesting collector Warka Water. Deep structural changes in our behaviours are needed, but incremental sensitive changes in the Earth’s natural cycles might be best in order to create a good Anthropocene epoch.
    A mutual symbiosis between humankind and water, which are benefiting both actors are possible if humankind is able to change its dualistic paradigm on the world, by seeing the Earth environments and the human civilization as a whole.

  • 12.6.2017

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