Uisce Salach (Dirty Water)

Softday workshop at Science Gallery Dublin

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 10:00 to 16:00


There is no charge for this event and booking is essential. Bookings to be made through Create programme@create-ireland.ie

Uisce Salach (Dirty Water)


Water is essential for sustaining life. The total amount of water on planet Earth is approximately 1.386 billion km3. Only 2.5% is fresh water and only 0.3% is in liquid form on the surface. Of this, fresh and unpolluted water is only 0.003% of the total amount of water available. Due to several forms of pollution, the amount of drinkable water is being reduced, day by day, while population keeps growing. To survive, it is estimated that a human needs 1.9 litres of water per day. In this workshop, we explore a number of questions about water and we invite the participants in the workshop to try to find answers or further questions about their own water resources.


We all need clean water to survive. In this workshop, we are prototyping our new project Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) where we explore new possibilities for a socially engaged art approach. We are trying to make water analysis a citizen’s science, aiming to enable every household to be able to analyse and then aggregate data from neighbourhoods, parishes, counties, etc., so that we all can see (or hear) the bigger picture and how it is changing over time.


We invited each participant to bring a small water sample, which could be from your own kitchen tap, well , local river, or whatever source of 'clean' water that matters to you. Notes were taken of the date, time and exact location of samples and a short description of the context of the samples. Photos of your water source could be included too.

smal sample jar

We analysed all samples on the day and made a map, as well as making sound and music from water data.


10:00 Introduction
10:30 Water samples for analysis
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Discussion
12:00 Mapping of water samples
12:30 Lunch
13:00 Water samples results
14:00 Exploration of the results
15:00 Visualisation and sonification of results
15:30 Performance based on results
16:00 End

This workshop was facilitated through collaboration with CREATE