Brackish Rising is a multi-faceted project by artists Mike Bianco and Loren Kronemyer which engages issues of salt, water, desalination, ecology, and water sovereignty in Southwest Australia. The comprehensive project will call attention to the importance of the Kwinana desalination plant, the first of its kind in Australia, and a facility which has provided nearly 20% of all potable water in the Perth metropolitan area for the past decade.
Through a process of interviews, community research, and site-based exploration, the artists document and represent the unseen sights and sounds that define our relationship to salinity. Taking inspiration from the fluidity of water, Bianco and Kronemyer have created a mobile research center to engage local stakeholders through a month-long program of interviews, workshops, public tours and events, and saline meals. The project extended its reach to a global public through social media, a website, and a Brackish Radio podcast, all of which will remain as a permanent archive on the internet.
Brackish Rising is commissioned by International Art Space as part of the Know Thy Neighbour program, and presented for the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival in partnership with the City of Kwinana.