Artists from each of the Climate Imaginaries at Sea Artistic Research Studios presented their work as part of the Warming Up Culture Route during the annual We Are Warming Up Festival at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam at the beginning of November.

Matthea de Jong presents the Culture Route at the Warming up Festival
Matthea de Jong, director of programming at Tolhuistuin introduces the Art Route during the Warming Up Festival.

Each year the festival presents a cultural program dedicated entirely to the climate crisis including music, art, talks, workshops, panels and theatre. Artistic researcher Carlo De Gaetano of the Visual Methodologies Collective presented his new work ‘Queer as the Ocean’ developed as part of the Interspecies Imaginaries studio.

The work Queer as the Ocean by Carlo de Gaetano
Part of the exhibition ‘Queer as the Ocean’ by Carlo de Gaetano on display at the Warming Up Festival 2023

Müge Yilmaz of the Material Inquiry studio presented her work S.A.L.T and Dorothy Blokland of the Global South Perspectives studio lead the workshop ‘Power of Water’.

Ruby Rogers and Andy Dockett of the Visual Methodologies Collective also contributed artistic research projects to the culture route.

Ruby Rogers presenting her work
Ruby Rogers presents her work ‘Iconographic Collection’ during the Warming Up Art Route opening celebrations.
Andy Dockett presents the fanzine ‘Making Waves’ to festival goers.
‘Pollution by the Great Masters’ by the Visual Methodologies Collective will be on display at Tolhuistuin Restaurant until summer 2024.

Climate Imaginaries at Sea speculates possible futures in and around water through various artistic and participatory research practices.  Three collaborating research groups bring the project forward: Art & Spatial Praxis at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (GRA), the Lectorate of the Academy of Theatre and Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) and the Visual Methodologies Collective at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). The research groups work in partnership with ARIAS, a platform for artistic research in Amsterdam, and a network of partners that includes Tolhuistuin, the Institute for Sound & Vision and CoECI – Centre of Expertise for Creative Innovation.

Climate Imaginaries at Sea is part of the Art Route NWA-project ‘Bit by bit, or not at all’ within the scheme ‘Small Projects’ which is financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). This project was made possible with the support of Centre of Expertise for Creative Innovation CoECI (