Waterstudio Tolhuistuin (Noc 2022)

Water can be in plain view but we don’t necessarily see it in the profound way it deserves. When we don’t really see water clearly, we don’t think about it as deeply and creatively as we otherwise might. Re-imagining water and opening ourselves to new ways of understanding water starts with the simple act of paying attention.

In a course designed by Anne Dessing, students of the Architectural Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie have been investigating how to represent their ideas of water. What drawing tools do we have? What tools do we lack? How can drawing methods be improved? What mediums can be used?

Based on material study and investigations into historical imaginations of water, the students’ work renegotiates our relationship with water today and hopes to make you think about it a little bit differently.