Watering Words


Watering Words Workshop at Klima Biennale Wien took place on May 3rd & 4th 2024. It was co-organized by compost group of Klasse für Alle.

The first day of the workshop was spent on the main site of Klima Biennale at Nordwestbahnhof, a former floodplain area of the Danube. On the second day we walked from the festival site to the recreational area of Donau Insel. Everyone got the chance to experience the riverside from an extremely urban setting to a more natural one. It made us more attentive and aware of the river’s presence, and we reflected on how it is to see the city from a river perspective, and how essential it is to give space to and care for this powerful body of water.

The Watering Words artist talk & practice on April 30th 2024 at the University of Arts Linz happened in the form of a performative reading of selected texts from our project, that also included some audio pieces created in its frame, and an introduction into the history, methodology and activities of the project. We spoke about our approach to work, based on collective care and diffused authorship. The second part of the event was dedicated to a common movement practice, guided by the three of us alternately. The 1,5 hour meeting with the Art University students ended with a group discussion and sharing of our experiences from the common practice. 

The project was funded by the European Union and the Goethe-Institut.

Disclaimer: ‘This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union’.

MAY 3rd +4th 2024:

Watering Words workshop and walk in the frame of Klasse für Alle at the main area of Klima Biennale Wien

In the workshop we will explore different ways of moving, sensing and communicating with each other and our immediate surroundings – understanding their as well as our own watery relations and how a place, a body, is shaped by them. The methods used in the workshop will be a variety of somatic and movement practices as well as writing and walking together as a way of (at)tending to a place, tracing its boundaries and thinking beyond them.

Participation is free of charge

Send an email to klassefueralle@uni-ak.ac.at to register

APRIL 30th 2024:

We will present our project and host a short open practice and discussion at the University of Arts and Design Linz.

The event is public and open for everyone who is interested!

APRIL 24th 2024, 5pm CET:
Join us for an online rockpool meeting at ocean comm/uni/ty !

(register at ocean comm/uni/ty to be part of the event)

residency at Centrum choreografického rozvoje SE.S.TA 💧


The first edition of our Watering Words workshop took place in Portugal during the Land Art Moving Biennial at Agit Lab from September 11th-15th 2023 in Águeda 🌊
Endlessly grateful for sharing an inspirational creative week with all participants, ending it with a final performance alongside the river.

Thank you also to photo- and videographer Carole Fievetz for documenting everything.


For whom?
Anyone interested in site specific practices, movement, poetry and environmental humanities.
The workshop takes place from 11th to 15th September 2023 (Monday-Friday).*
*The workshop is a part of Land Art Moving Biennial with events happening on the weekends 8th-10th and 15th-17th September, therefore participants are welcome to stay in Águeda from 8th to 17th September, if they are willing to.
The workshop takes place in Agit Lab (https://agitlab.wordpress.com) in Águeda, Portugal.
The participants will be accommodated in the Alta Vila.
All participants will have provided 3 meals per day (vegetarian or vegan) from 11th to 15th September.
The workshop Watering Words is oriented towards direct exchange with the local environment of Águeda and the local water bodies, such as the Pateira Fermentelos lake and the river Águeda. During the 5 days of common sessions we will undertake various activities:
1) Shared practice on site – structured as a collective exploration of certain areas of Águeda, through which we can evaluate their specific conditions and characteristics, and engage with the site either through physical practice, reading and discussing prepared texts as well as writing or drawing together. In this way we can establish a dialogue between each other and our surroundings and also contribute to the poetic mapping of the territory.
2) Shared practice in the studio – after the direct exchange with the natural environment, we will come back to the studio to develop the materials that originated from the site specific sessions in the landscape.
3) Installation of collective artworks – implemented with the materials collected / created during the workshop. These artworks can take the form of written poems, drawings, natural objects found on site, sound recordings, etc.
4) Final site-specific performance – set in the landscape, the informal performance will be a way to share the outcomes of our process with the audience. The final presentation of the workshop will be included in the Land Art Moving Biennial program.

Further details and inscription form can be found >here.

Watering Words Project 2021-2024