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21 — 25 April 2021 | Leuven, Belgium
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    Why don't we lose sleep over clean water?

    Why don't we lose sleep over clean water?

    At and&, we are building an interdisciplinary space where bright minds bow their heads over 21 questions for the 21st century.

    While much international attention has been focused on the question of water quantity, not least as the planet warms, a secondary impact of the climate emergency has been its effect on water quality.

    Access to clean water is a privilege many of us take for granted. As the world records upwards of 2.7 million deaths from Covid-19, it’s worth noting that estimates link water pollution to 1.8 million deaths every year – many of them children.Water pollution is a global problem, asking for an interdisciplinary approach. At and& festival, international speakers from different backgrounds are raising awareness around this topic. This panel of artists and experts, amongst them a young innovator will take a deep dive into our polluted rivers, oceans and drinking water. How can innovation turn the tide?

    Marco Barotti will be talking about his work Clams, which will be visible as a part of the ‘Look at us now’ exposition from Stuk Leuven. Sound and motion unite to create an experience that allows the audience to see and hear water quality in real-time, through a kinetic sound installation. Real-time data is streamed by a sensor and converted into an audio signal. The audio signal generates a live evolving soundscape which initiates the opening and closing movements of the Clam sculptures. The Clams sculptures are made from recycled industrial plastic waste. 

    Rory Golden turned from a marketing director into an expert diver, climber, and storyteller on a mission against water pollution. In 2000, Rory Golden became the first Irish diver to visit the site of RMS Titanic. He was a member of an expedition that recovered 800 artefacts from depths approaching 4,000 meters. His dive was in a Russian submersible. He returned in 2005; the expedition was broadcast as a BBC documentary. After being MD of Virgin Records Ireland for 15 years, Golden founded his own company, Flagship Scubadiving Ltd. It supplies and services diving and specialized marine equipment to state agencies, coastguards, armed forces divers, and search & recovery teams.

    Fion Ferreira (20) is a young innovator and scientist, focusing on solving the plastic pollution crisis. He grew up in a remote region of Ireland and spent a large portion of his childhood paddling around the coasts of Ireland in his kayak with his dog India. He is currently building a device to remove microplastics from water.

    Emma Robbins is an artist, activist, and community organizer with a passion for empowering Indigenous women. As Director of the Navajo Water Project, part of the human rights organization DigDeep Water, she is working to create infrastructure that brings clean running water to the one in three Navajo families. Through her artwork, she strives to raise awareness about the lack of clean water on Native Nations.

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