Rika Krithara

Even Water, 1' video for Vital Space.org project RAISING AWARENESS IN 60" - EAST | WEST - NORTH | SOUTH: IMPERILED VITAL SPACES

Even Water is about the issue of water and the need to rethink how we treat our natural resources. The alpine lake on mount Smolikas, one of the few “dragonlakes”, as they are called in Greece, lays still under the summit, while its inhabitants, the alpine tritons (Triturus Αlpestris), face extinction. Unknown reasons have caused the death of hundreds of them in the last spring. Water all around the globe is in danger from human activity, while the privatization of it is the cause of massive opposition, and the “water wars” have cost deaths and grief. Human actions have endangered even water. We have to question what used to be a given: Even water is not free?

Vital Space is a participatory platform for all those who believe that an artistic perspective can help civilise, humanise and, even, rationalise the debate on the current confluence of environmental and economic crises. The platform functions as an open invitation to artists, scientists, activists, theorists, historians etc. to contribute diverse viewpoints from which to look again at the mounting problems regarding Humanity's relationship with Nature and with itself.

Vital Space aspires to create a deeper awareness about the most pressing issues of our time and to discern how art can be used to reach and influence a wider audience across the world. Acting as a cross-media art platform on which to pose questions concerning globalization and the plight of the environment, Vital Space creates a dialogue regarding the most vital issues of our time and how these can be addressed and expressed through art.

Vital Space revolves around two main axes: (a) the creation and production of visual art works, and (b) the initiation of research programs, conferences, publications and the formation of educational and media products designed to reach and influence a wide and diverse audience.

Vital Space is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by artist Danae Stratou and economist Yanis Varoufakis.