This is a platform for ethnographic observations about water in the context of human daily life that I will run alongside the documentary project on the Guarani Aquifer Project.
I take myself as a case study. For the duration of my travels, I will scrupulously record my water usage. My intention is to turn conscious attention to something I’ve personally always taken for granted. If water shortage and water scarcity, water wars and water disease are all terms echoing somehow in our heads, consumption and commodity are more basic fact of our lives, and therefore much closer to our hearts.
Background information about the subject:
I’m 30 years old, female, European (Italian), white, educated, healthy, from a stable/wealthy background, and have never experienced scarcity of water apart from when I traveled through Guinea-Bissau a few years ago.
I live in London and drink water from the tap, indulge in a daily shower. Often, I don’t even remember to turn off the tap while brushing my teeth, though I do when I do the washing up. I always flush the toilet, even if I sneeze and throw the tissue in the loo. I don’t think I drink enough water – more coffee and tea. I do my laundry once or twice a week, I don’t have a dishwasher.
If I was a graphic designer, I’d try to represent how much water all these actions consume. For now, I will settle for just recording them.