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To you, who is also full of water

We are happy to invite you to a special experience on Thursday 12 May in the space of the WATERSCHOOL of Studio Makkink & Bey at Marconistraat 85 in Rotterdam. Imagining the in-between of land and water is a performative lecture by culinary concept developer Maidie van den Bos (Forêt Atelier, Bloesembar) and design researcher Moniek Driesse (University of Gothenburg).

Thursday 12th of May — 3 time slots
16.00-17.15 hrs | 18.00-19.15 hrs | 20.30-21.45 hrs

You can make your reservation by sending an e-mail to
Be quick, because the number of places per time slot is limited!

This performance is the result of a journey along the waters in European landscapes. We travel along to the highest meadow in Europe and the unexpected wealth of our Dutch underwater flora. We will see, smell, taste, feel and hear. We drink a once-in-a-lifetime cocktail made with glacial water that has never been in contact with human pollution.

In an intimate and personal setting, we are guided by a story about reflecting ourselves in others. We cordially invite you to be part of this joint journey and to toast to the water.

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Waterkeeper Expedition: (of) who(m) is water?

We are happy to invite you to the first of our Waterkeeper Expeditions on Friday 13th of May: (Of) Who(m) is water? This first expedtion is lead by Li An Poa, known from her work Drinkable Rivers. Together we wil explore the open water around Metaalkathedraal Utrecht and Rijnvliet.

The Waterkeeper Expeditions are meant to train everyone to become a Waterkeeper. Not only water experts but also their (grand)children are invited as a duo to set out together with special experts and (re)discover water. We often think of water to be the most natural thing in the world, hardly realizing all humans consist of water and all water in the world is integrally connected.

We will learn to rediscover water at a high level of knowledge, discovering new truths, guided naturally by the presence and wisdom of our youngest waterkeepers. Packed and dropped for a real expedition, we discover water and take our zero measurement. What kind of water lives in our local landscape? What is it doing there? What is the quality of it? And how do we really get to know water better?

Waterkeeper Expedition 1 (Of) Who(m) is water, with Li An Poa
Friday 13th of May — 13.00-17.00 hrs
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The WaterSchool, a self-initiated project of Studio Makkink & Bey (smb), is a speculative school designed and organised around water as an essential material, subject and social and political phenomenon.

It proposes rethinking of the economic and infrastructural model of education. WaterSchool is displayed in working exhibitions around the globe, meanwhile building a curriculum for the subjects to be taught (education) and constructing all spaces needed separately (architecture).


WaterSchool proposes a rethinking of the economic and infrastructural model of education: this school could produce everything it needs to function onsite through small-scale industrial collaborations with selected designers/artists.

Within the framework of exhibitions, Studio Makkink & Bey acts as a curator, inviting upcoming artists/designers to present their work in thematic exhibitions and series of lectures. Through uniting works within a speculative framework, Studio Makkink & Bey hints towards a future in which art and design are more integrated into education and life in general. In the exhibitions, projects are categorised according to themes, being Clean, Grow, Harvest, Make, Build and Document. Each of these themes pertains to a broader context and water-related issue, as well as a space and an act.

WaterSchool can be displayed in various ways such as working exhibitions and temporary knowledge centres, pairing the exhibition with lecture series and designers in residence. On a smaller scale, they present fragments of the WaterSchool, bring works together within settings connected to education and the classroom. Earlier iterations of the WaterSchool exhibition series include a working exhibition and lecture series during the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in 2018, and a presentation at the Istanbul Design Biennal in 2018.


Studio Makkink & Bey proposes to thematically position the curriculum of the WaterSchool, directing all efforts towards studying water and analysing how it links to all subjects taught at school.

This was first explored in the exhibition presented at the Istanbul Design Biennial, where works by selected designers and artists were categorised according to the subjects taught at Turkish primary schools. Also included in the exhibition were fictional texts written by imaginary pupils inhabiting this future WaterSchool, which provided visitors with an insight into how these works related to the subjects taught and how they could be integrated within everyday lessons.

Parallel to this speculative approach, Studio Makkink & Bey is working hands-on in collaboration with several educational institutes in the Netherlands – integrating artists and designers into their curriculums. The aim is to develop both a system on how to incorporate them, as well as an archive of designers/artists who are willing to work with education, with the purpose of confronting pupils with alternative and unconventional approaches to topics and subjects.


United by a common idea and led by Studio Makkink & Bey, the local community invites artists and emerging designers to construct the entirety of the WaterSchool collectively. In this way, the school and its building site become both a Learning Landscape and a Production Landscape, aiding students in developing an alternative relationship with water, as well as engaging them and the local community practically in constructing a real-life example of a more sustainable future.

As opposed to conventional architecture, Studio Makkink & Bey herein proposes to first construct all spaces separately on the plot: the Sanitary, the Garden, the Kitchen, the Workshop and the Library. When all of them are built, all functions are unified within one building through the construction of walls. In this process, the WaterSchool can decide to make several of the functions and spaces semi-public, allowing for the neighbourhood to use them whenever the school doesn’t feel the urge to do so. In this way, both community and school become connected and intertwined, maximising the impact of the WaterSchool.

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