This collaborative conceptual art project appropriates the embassy model and transforms its function. The project was founded in 2012 by artist James Geurts as a collaboration with artist and curator Julie Louise Bacon.
The term embassy was first given to a group of people representing territorial interests. In the modern era the embassy network became a global bureaucratic and political infrastructure reinforcing the concept of nation. In contrast, Embassy for Water does not observe boundaries, instead like water the project emphasizes movement, porosities and connectivity.
Here the varied presence and symbolism of water become a space for exploring aesthetic and social interests.
To date, Embassy has resulted in residencies and events in the Middle East, Australia, Canada and Europe, where it formed part of the core programme that saw the Dutch city Leeuwarden named European Capital of Culture 2018.
From 7.30-9pm Embassy at the Reservoir will feature a video installation of work by artists from Australia and overseas, including Geurts, Ynin Shillo, Craig Walsh, David Bowen and Josh Wodak.
From 6-8pm, UNSW Art & Design’s Ivan Dougherty Gallery, just 5 minutes walk along Oxford St, Embassy will feature Alternative Futures, Past and Present by Kelly Doley. This is a participatory performance from an ongoing series that invites us to think about the shape of the future, including our vision of water. Also in the Gallery, is Bacon’s Water Archive and The Swing, a kinetic sculpture by Bruce Mowson that invites audience members to experiment with the relationship of forces between their body and water.