The Physics, Politics and Poetics of Water in the Arts

 The ATEC  Leonardo Initiatives in Experimental Publishing and Knowledge Curation at UT Dallas is pleased to announce the publication of a new ebook in the Leonardo ebook series at MIT Press:

Water Is in the Air: Physics, Politics, and Poetics of Water in the Arts

Editor Annick Bureaud.  Executive Editor: Roger Malina: E-book Managing Editor: Cathryn Ploehn

Leonardo/ISAST (2014-02-10T05:00:00+00:00). Water Is in the Air (Kindle Location 16). MIT Press. Kindle Edition.

 ISBN: 9780262757010 : 

This ebook documents the work of innovative artists, from all over the world, working at the cutting edge of science and engineering, create work that addresses critical issues of water in culture and society. With newly commisioned articles and drawing on thirty years of work documented in the Leonardo journal at MIT Press, the authors explore art and climate change and pollution, artificially seeded clouds, water fountains, the physics and poetics of waves, using all types of media (videos, performances, installations, sound art).

Published in collaboration with the STUDIOLAB consortium, a Europe-wide initiative that merges the studio with the research lab. Funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (

Preface by Roger Malina

Introduction to Water Is in the Air by Annick Bureaud


Phenomenology and Artistic Praxis: An Application to Marine Ecological Communication Jane Quon

“Lagoon Project”: San Francisco Exploratorium Laurie Lundquist

The Durance: Interlaced Waters: Art-Science Collaborations and Audiovisual Research

On The Modification Of Man-Made Clouds: The Factory Cloud HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen)

Paparuda Monsieur Moo

Sonification and Sound Projects Marbh Chrios Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström

Pulse of an Ocean: Sonification of Ocean Buoy Data Bob L. Sturm

Rainwire: Environmental Sonification of Rainfall Dave Burraston


Sculptures and Installations My “Mobile Hydromural” Gyula Kosice

An Application of the Water Bell Liquid Flow Phenomenon in Visual Art Philip Bornarth and Franklyn K. Schwaneflugel

Sculptural Constructions Involving Water Dynamics Pearl Hirshfield

Memory Vapor Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch

Anti-Entropic Role of Art Ana Rewakowicz

Fountains Color-Music Fountains and Installations of the Erebuni Group Abram Alexandrovich Abramyan

Wave Rings Nodoka Ui

The Futura Deluxe Bubble Steven Raspa


Fragments of a Flow: A Thread of Water in the Video Work of Irit Batsry Irit Batsry

Walking Clouds And Augmented Reverie Nathalie Delprat

Here Is Where You Heard the Ocean: An Interactive Sound Installation Laura L. Clemons

Alma da Água: A Space Awareness Initiative Dinis Ribeiro and Richard Clar

Liquid Light: Working with Water Liliane Lijn

Music, Colors and Movements of Water Jacques Mandelbrojt and Lucie Prod’homme


From “Life-Water” to “Death-Water” or on the Foundations of African Artistic Creation from Yesterday to Tomorrow Iba Ndiaye Diadji

The Symbolic Function of Water in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cultural Approach Camille Talkeu Tounouga Nommo—The Spirit of Water—in the Dogon World Jacky Bouju


Waterfields: Conceptual Water Drawings Robert C. Morgan On the Artistic Use of Fluid Flow Patterns Made Visible A. S. Douthat, H. M. Nagib, and A. A. Fejer

Around the Cusp: Singularity and the Breaking of Waves Javiera Tejerina-Risso and Patrice Le Gal

Science and Art of Sculpturing Fluids Jean-Marc Chomaz

Looking beneath the Surface: The Radial Spread of Ink in Water Pery Burge Process and Natural Phenomena as Conceptual Points of Departure in Extended-Format Sculpture Eve Laramée


A podcast is in production with MIT Press.

A contribution to the United Nations

 International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015







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