Venice – Artist Margot Bowman has created W-E-T.net, an online platform that considers the social, emotional and political impacts of global flooding due to climate change.
The first in a two-part exhibition, W-E-T.net hosts an online questionnaire that forms part of Bowman’s open-ended inquiry on climate change that goes beyond dis/utopian points of view.
Bowman asks participants to consider questions such as ‘where does power come from?’, ‘which position is preferable for sex on or in water?’ and ‘How do we get lost?’.
The site itself is under duress from rising sea levels. Those with sea sickness should look away as the page slowly fills with water that sloshes about to and fro. Brand slogans flit across the page and users can access pop-up collages and artworks from Bowman that are inspired by human interaction with the deep blue.
The information gathered from the site will inform the second part of the exhibition, a physical representation of some of the issues raised, which will be on display at Venice’s Ridotto gallery from the end of March.
For more on designers inspired by the oceans and underwater worlds, read our Submerged design direction.