Water! friend or foe?
Utrecht City Archive
temoprary exhibition 2022
Swim trough 900 years of Dutch water management!
Following waterdrops on the floor, the guests 'dive down' the stairs into the basement of the 'Utrecht City Archive' and transition into a magical world of water.
In the first space our guests discover the story of 900 years of watermanagement from 1122 until today and beyond, told buy a unique collection of carefully selected documents (some 900 years old!).
These are presented in a save showcase, beautyfully mounted on a scale model of a dike-section.
The guests unlock the stories little nice audiostories that are acessed by an app.
Following the waterdrops on the floor, the guests arrive at a boat, and can take a "audiovisual boat trip" trough a selection of films.
As grand finale, the guests enter a space that discusses in 10 topics the duality of water as being a friend and/or a foe.
Carefully selected valuable documents, objects and books are mounted behind secure glass.
Each assembly tells a story that can be unlocked with the audio-app.
The overall space as a big gesture immerses the guests in water in the form of abstract moving light and sound. The black mirror walls extend the watereffect
Berthe Mandaat - Graphic design
Imke Asmussen (Projectmanagement HUA)
Kaj van Vliet (Main Curator HuA)
Karen Wegereef (HUA)
Flink (Exhibition build)
Photography: Paulus van Dorsten - Concretestate photography
The Exhibition is a cooperation of the 'Utrecht City Archive', the 'Hoogheemraadschap' and 'De Stichtse Rijnlanden' to celebtate the 900st anniversary of Watermanagement