Wasserwirtschaftliche (Water management)

I undertook a residency in the Lower Oder Valley, Germany to consider a regenerative approach to the concept of the 'taskscape', developed by Tim Ingold as a means to perceive human shaping of land.

 Recognising that to inhabit a landscape is to 'shape' and thus 'entask' it [1], I explored the riparian forest of the Lower Order Valley National Park. I was keen to see the new system of riparian buffer zones that had been created to avert the problem of town flooding, and how this was also rekindling natural forest regeneration. I wanted to experience being among the elm and oak trees, and to see the wildlife and the birds now attracted there as a result of this symbiotic approach to urban land and water management.

With permission, I set up an outdoor studio beside one such buffer zone, to make a series of drawings on paper using lichen ink and bark dye, and other drawing materials. Wasserwirtschaftliche, 2017 (9 x 1000x540mm), recorded my daily encounters with the inhabitants, terrain, and climate of the locality, presenting a fusion of experiences and relationships between the variety of animate and inanimate agents enmeshed within the taskscape of the water management system.

[1]Ingold, T. 2017. Taking Taskscape to Task.

 © 2020 by Laura Donkers

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