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Triennale Art
& Dunkerque
Triennale Art & Industrie Dunkerque Hauts–de–France

June 24, 2023 @ 8h00 June 25, 2023 @ 17h00

As part of the La Bonne Aventure festival, LAAC is collaborating on the presentation of an immersive installation entitled The Water Arch, created by the Dropstuff collective and placed on the beach.

It’s a joyful, musical way of raising awareness of the misuse of water and its growing scarcity!

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The Water Arch

Come and take part in this free interactive art installation that highlights the growing use of drinking water in an intriguing and immersive way.

Created by Dutch media design pioneers Dropstuff Media, The Water Arch is an abstraction of a classic barrel organ. Standing in the centre of the room, you turn a wheel to pump over 132 litres of water through transparent pipes and containers to make it rain around you, without getting wet. The amount of water symbolises the average volume used by a Dutch person every day, but Americans use more than double that amount of water every day!

No registration required.

An immersive installation that playfully draws the public’s attention to the growing use of drinking water. By turning a large wheel, water is pumped through an entire system and accumulates in a large container above your head. When 134 litres are stored, it falls on you. 134 litres is the amount that every Dutch person uses on average every day. In the United States, it’s up to 82 gallons / 310 litres.

The work is inspired by a classic barrel organ and the music is an adaptation of a recording of a famous barrel organ from the 1950s and 1960s from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Image. ( /

DROPSTUFF MEDIA is a media arts collective that creates immersive works and interactive experiences. Their speciality is to create scenarios that encourage people to actively explore the intersections between stories, rituals, cultural heritage, art and experimental technologies (media).

René van Engelenburg is founder and director of Dropstuff Media and creator of The Water Arch. An experienced designer, creator and cultural operator, he works in the media arts and creative industries.

He holds a master’s degree in media design from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and is skilled in developing interactive concepts and experiences. He works to translate stories of cultural heritage, art and technology into an immersive and interactive experience in which the physical and the virtual merge.