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Tbilisi Triennial Presents Water Engines- Fragments of Floating University

Tbilisi Triennial and Goethe-Institute Georgia present: Water Engine, Fragments of Floating University at the 4th Tbilisi Triennial. 
The location of the event is River’s Magic Garden, on the right embankment of the river.
''How do our lives change when our relationship to water changes?
The WATER ENGINE could be a small fragment of this relationship, showing that clean water and its access cannot be taken for granted.
The human-powered (water) engine, driven by a fun-making seesaw, brings participants together in their own little microclimate and shows them that it takes united energy or physical labor to make things happen.
Just like in an engine, various processes are set in motion and the water of the Mtkvari River is lifted. Our “watery” fuel can now be purified. There are amazing ways to do so.
_first: you move it. The movement already kills bacteria found in still standing water.
_second: you filter it. We have good experience with gravel, sand and activated carbon separated by membranes. This is usually enough to get rainwater to a drinkable quality.
_third: you find a committed, innovative collective that is detail-oriented and light hearted in solving problems. in cooperation with Pjorkkala from Slovenia, our water will get purified by 3d-printed objects. (
After the purification process, the elixir of life can be drunk in the oasis to recharge your batteries for the next round on the seesaw.
The multifunctional space as a meeting point also shows some impressions of the work of Floating University in an exhibition format and can gladly be used for workshops and small events.
Floating University, a Berlin-based nature-culture learning space has been focusing on a hybrid transformation process between multidisciplinary fields for 5 years.
At different scales and levels, it has become an extraordinary entity to imaginatively work toward the future and explore the existing habits of all kinds of human and non-human beings.
Located in a rainwater retention basin of the former Tempelhof Airport, the Floating University association has always had to deal with the issue of water, in this case even heavily polluted water. Floating University rethinks urban water infrastructures and cycles and invites public participation.
pjorkkala project is focused around natural and vernacular water cleaning systems,'' reads the event page. 

Project for BIO27 is focused on water treatment in places where there isn’t an adequate or available public water supply.
The project is developed and realized by Felix Wierschbitzki.

Felix is a Berlin-based architect and producer who specialized in bottom-up reconstruction architecture as well as planning in the context of refuge during his studies. His work has taken him to the nomads of Mongolia, Gaza refugees in Jordan, and earthquake survivors of Haiti. Among other collaborations, he is working with collectives like raumlaborBerlin and Haus der Statistik. He has been active in various positions in the Floating University association since 2018.