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City Water @ Piksel 2015

Are you a “water curious?”. Does a certain temperature and muddy water mean the water is healthy, or do we need water full of useful stuff for animals to live in it?


City Water is a workshop for kids led by Gemma Latham (UK) and Elisabeth Weihe (NO) for PikselKidz, 19-21 November 2015, Piksel 15, Bergen, Norway. In this workshop children became environmental biologists for two days, “making” their own computer sensors and devices to test the water. They floated their kits on the Bergen shores to find out how the water is doing.



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Greenwash @ Strandloppa

On 5-6 September 2015 Currently participated in Kystlaget Viken‘s maritime flea market with the pop-up soap workshop ‘Greenwash’. A great time was had cooking take-home soaps of the sea. Cooking soap made from seawater, seaweed and the oil from deceased sperm whale stranded off the coast of Østfold, Norway in 2003, Greenwash tells and gathers stories of Norway’s first oil industry and discusses the status of the natural marine environment today.

Gamle kjerringer og kæller husket at mødrene deres kokte såpe – helst i en diger jernkjele. Broren til den éne (eller var den andre) drev såpefabrikk i mange år. Han er død nå. Egentlig var det bestefaren som startet fabrikken. Han var formann og de hadde en stor produksjon, men broren fikk ikke noe overskudd ut av det. Og de produserte en god del kjemikalier også.
Mora til han éne bodde på Smøla (eller var det Smølen?) helt ytterst I havgapet og kokte såpe – han var ikke sikker på om det var hval hun brukte, men siden hun bodde ytterst på holmen der kan det kansje ha dukket opp en eller annen hval.
Så var det en kall som syntes det var så fint og morsomt å møte en såpekoker – han var fra Kjøllhalen. Onkelen hans var hvalfanger i mange år før han ble såpekoker. Han rørte og kokte i hvalolje i mange år.
– Og såpekoking var det på Strandloppa i Oslo: Der kunne du møte en vaskeekte såpekoker, og kjøpe et lite stykke av Norges gamle kystkultur – et såpestykke med ekte hvalolje inni – til minne om Norges første oljeindustri.

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Do It Anyway!

15-16.05.2015: Currently participates in Do it Anyway Festival, Access Space, Sheffield, UK with the workshop ShrimpCraft! Tools for the water curious

This was the first time that we held a workshop in a landlocked environment. Interesting to learn about the canalised waterways of Sheffield and discuss their connection to the sea. The area around and about Access Space is full of redundant steel factories. The waterways are in need of restoration. They are currently no-go areas with fences restricting access . Many abandoned and occupied buildings are to be found, as well as a an amazing ‘collection’ of graffiti. We tested the quality of the water running through the waterways via our DIY ShrimCrafts and found that despite many turbulent particles, it seemed quite clean. Judith Ruth, the  author of the book ‘Depth Technologies’ says :

Depth has become profound even as it has become increasingly superficial. The idea that the deep harbours the truth is an old one; surfaces have prevaricated since the Greeks, appearances deceive, and it is foolhardy to trust the eyes. IDepth has become profound even as it has become increasingly superficial. The idea that the deep harbours the truth is an old one; surfaces have prevaricated since the Greeks, appearances deceive, and it is foolhardy to trust the eyes.

– If Currently’s water sensing kits work, then this is certainly true!

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How to get from Oslo to Liverpool and back?

I just had a great conversation with Lise, my neighbor at Hovedøya in Oslo. She and her partner have sailed from Oslo to the north coast of England several years back. She offered her experience of crossing the North Sea via Mandal in South Norway, to Inverness, Scotland. From there they took the  Caledonian Canal to Corpach. The trip took three days.

Then they took the Crinan Canal from Crinan Basin to Adrishaig Basin, a one-day trip if you don’t stop on the way.

The links to these canals will take you to information about what to expect, regulations and fees as well as a PDF Skipper’s guide.

How to start currently

Notes from the first hackspace meeting, Static, Liverpool, 21-23.03.2013

How to start currently?


“Its just too wide…like the ocean we need anchor Points” Elisabeth Weihe (second left in photo)

What is it we want to make? Sea platforms / production onboard / seaweed factories / biomedical prospecting / socials / connections / hackspaces in ports

The Journey; across the sea or along the coast and across the canals? We began to think of the coast and its network of ports as important as the major crossing

Reflecting on spaces at sea and the coast where data overlaps and changes and shifts, different senses of time and space: old technology (viking crystals) to downloading weather data and sailing without compasses / Discussed the social side of sailing #socialsea from port to port how everybody shares information and helping environment

What is Ship AIS and how does it work : paths to server; ship to ship to shore to satellite/AIS water rescue suits; do they really work is there enough data being broadcast at the right rate

Checked out the weather and talked about getting data over AIS downloading every 4 days over the atlantic
Active and passive radar reflector shapes

Discussed Marine Accident investigation

the body learning the sea / The sea as a space for new life / territory / the law and the sea