Brackish Rising

February 16, 2017 to
March 5, 2017

In Brackish Rising, salinity renegades, citizen scientists and artists Loren Kronemyer and Mike Bianco playfully explore water, drought and desalination around Kwinana, home of the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant.

Order a flight of water tastings in the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab, hone your survival skills with a Water Still Workshop and learn to cook with saline plants in a beachside cooking class. These are just some of the interactive events that will explore the past, present and future of water sovereignty in Southwest Australia.

Based in Kwinana, Bianco and Kronemyer will follow your tap water back to its source in the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab, hosting a three-week program of workshops, public tours, interviews and water tastings along the way.

Brackish Rising will shed new light on Perth’s water systems, producing an array of visual documentation in addition to a Brackish Radio podcast uploaded daily to the Brackish Rising website; a permanent internet-based archive of the unseen sights and sounds that define our relationship to water in the Perth metropolitan area.

Opening of Brackish Rising
Kwinana Beach, near the Desalination Plant
Thursday 16 February, 5-7pm
Join the artists on the pristine Kwinana coastline for the official opening of Brackish Rising. Canapes, drinks and water will be served.
Free, registrations required

Water Tastings
Enter the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab for daily water tastings at research sites across Kwinana. Learn to discern the different flavours of Perth’s water and hear about the many complex paths it takes to reach your tap.

The Spectacles, Kwinana
Fri 17 Feb, 9-11:30am and 5-7pm
Step back in time to one of Kwinana’s most important Aboriginal heritage sites on an intimate tour of the Spectacles wetlands.

Providence Development, Kwinana
Thur 23 Feb, 9-11:30am and 5-7pm
Discover what goes on beneath the surface of a newly-constructed subdivision.

John Wellard Community Centre
Fri 24 Feb, 9-11:30am and 5-7pm
Call into the central community hub of Kwinana, Western Australia’s fastest growing suburb.

Darius Wells Library
Thur 2 Mar, 9-11:30am and 5-7pm
Call into the central community hub of Kwinana, Western Australia’s fastest growing suburb.

Kwinana Beach near the Desalination Plant
Fri 3 Mar, 9-11:30am and 5-7pm
Experience the pristine and surreal surrounds of the Kwinana coastline, with the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant as a backdrop.

Free, registrations required

DIY Water Still Workshop
Abingdon Park, Wellard (near the Village Green)
Sat 18 and Sun 19 Feb, 9-11:30am
Bring yourself one step closer to becoming a water sovereign. Join artists Mike Bianco and Loren Kronemyer to learn how to craft your own backyard solar water desalination still.
Free, registrations required

Saline Food Demonstration
Wells Park
Sat 25 Feb, 9-11:30am and Sun 26 Feb, 5-7pm
Learn to embrace our arid landscape by tasting some of the most drought and salt tolerant plants in the world in this hands-on cooking demonstration, set in the surreal landscape of Kwinana beach.
Free, registrations required

Brackish Tour of Kwinana
Throughout Kwinana. Meeting Point: Kwinana Train Station
Sat 4 Mar, 9-11:30am and Sun 5 Mar, 5­-7:30pm
Hop on a bus and join artists Mike Bianco, Loren Kronemyer, and their collaborators as they follow the journey of Perth’s water. Gain behind-the-scenes insights into the desalination process, intimately explore a wetland ecology, and peer beneath a newly-constructed subdivision to see how complex and astounding our water system is.
Free, registrations essential



Salt, 2015
Courtesy the Artist