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Studio Roosegaarde is the social design lab of Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde that turns ideas of future visions into reality. Roosegaarde and his team create interactive artistic-scientific works that explore the dynamic relationship between people, technology, and space. Internationally acclaimed projects include Smart Highway, Smog Free Project and WATERLICHT. The studio’s work has been exhibited at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Tate Modern London, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, the National Museum of Tokyo, and the Victoria & Albert Museum London, among others.

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The monumental light installation WATERLICHT symbolically shows the power of water. A virtual flood largely immerses the Peter Behrens Building in Oberhausen in blue light and at the same time raises awareness of rising water levels worldwide. In doing so, WATERLICHT questions how we as societies can deal with rising water levels of different origins in a local and global context.

In Oberhausen, the work is set in relation to the challenges of eternity: As a result of coal mining, the Ruhr region has sunk by up to 25 meters. Without the constant pumping of groundwater, large parts of the region would be flooded and a lake landscape of up to 90km in length would be created. Intensive research is being conducted not only into how the water can be extracted but how the heat of the water from underground can be used to generate energy.

The WATERLICHT podcast produced for FUTURE 21 tells such stories of the destructive as well as creative power of water.

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