To celebrate 385 years of science in Utrecht, a floating sustainable artwork is risen in Utrecht's Catharijnesingel. On and around this platform, Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and various partners will organize all kinds of educational and entertaining activities from June 2021 onwards. AKWAGLOT will be the place for meeting and dialogue with residents of Utrecht.
We want to design a real life-size floating laboratory where people can present, exchange and transfer knowledge.
AKWAGLOT is a creation of DE JENZ: a collaboration between artists Vibeke Jensen and Santiago De Waele. The duo met in 2014 when Jensen was invited to create a public art project for the Triennial Bruges, of which De Waele is technical director
The artwork floats, brings together many tongues and ways of speaking.
Vibeke Jensen and Santiago De Waele named the artwork AKWAGLOT:
"AKWAGLOT combines the pronunciation of aqua - water and its qualities of flow and movement, adaptability to the environment and sensitivity; with -glot a Greek word for tongue that refers to 'having a tongue', 'speaking, writing or being written in a language'. The artwork floats, brings together many tongues and ways of speaking. It is a university without walls - open to the whole community."
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