Night Air: Water Resistance
After covering smog and digging deep into soil at previous Night Air events, this time we’ll dive into water. The live event brings together stories about water as a site that enables alternative power relations, aiming to embed ecological struggles within stories of modernisation and nation-building. The event is curated by Ameneh Solati as part of the Sonic Acts residency programme Overexposed.
Ameneh Solati is a Rotterdam-based researcher, architect, editor, and educator. Her practice engages with interdisciplinary methods and explores subjects such as domesticity, displacement, environmental violence, geopolitics, and trauma inheritance. Ameneh seeks alternative lenses and sources of knowledge within often overlooked spaces and devices. She completed her MA degree in architecture in 2017 at the Royal College of Art in London. She is an editor and organiser at Failed Architecture and was previously a researcher and visual designer at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and an architectural designer in Amsterdam and London More information about the programme to be announced soon.
Night Air is a series of online transmissions that aims to make pollution visible by bringing forth the various side-effects of modernity: from colonial exploitation of people and resources to perpetual inequalities brought about by the destruction of the environment and common land – in other words, destructive capitalist practices that shape both our environment and human-nonhuman relations.
**Night air is a myth with its origins in miasma theory (from the Greek for ‘pollution’). The theory held that smelly air from decaying organic matter caused illness. The smell would intensify and worsen by night, so night air became synonymous with poisonous and noxious vapours that could even cause pandemics such as cholera or plague. Only with developments in medicine and various scientific endeavours around the London cholera epidemic in the mid-1800s, did germs replace the ‘unhealthy fog’ as the culprit for diseases. And now, even though the idea has been abandoned, night air still echoes in words such as malaria (‘bad air’ in Italian), which actually connects air-borne poison with flying pests such as the disease-carrying mosquitoes.