Hear Water takes an arts and technology-based approach to engagement with communities represented by IMAYLA, in Bristol, UK. From March to July 2022, the project will consist of skills-based workshops and talks about climate change, freshwater ecology and underwater sound. Participants at the workshops will have the opportunity to build their own hydrophones, and then record underwater soundscapes to provide inspiration for co-created artistic outputs for public exhibition in the Bristol Planetarium!
We aim to increase knowledge and understanding of climate change, the value of blue spaces, and actions that an individual can take. Participatory research will assess the extent to which aural perception of environmental issues could be a new approach to achieving positive social change and increased environmental empathy.
The project is supported by funding from the Natural Environment Research Centre under the scheme Creative Climate Connections: COP26 environmental science public engagement.