Open Water Dialogues


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Open Water Dialogues
© Elisabeth Spitzer, Elena Schauberger


Impulses and dialogues on the future of our water
with experts from science, art and practice. Transdisciplinary examination of elementary questions that we face in the course of progressive climate change, such as: Is water an endless resource? How do we want to and can we protect and utilise our water?
Performative interventions provide impulses for local and global issues relating to our water.

Friday, 22 March 2024, 5 – 10 pm  (PKS-Villa, Bad Ischl-Engleithen)

  • Get together, keynote speeches by Helga Kromp-Kolb (DE) and Li An Phoa (EN)
  • Performative contributions: Edgar Unterkirchner (sax), Paloma Obispo and Christa Haager (performance)
  • Presentation of the experts and artists from Open Water Dialogues (DE/EN)
  • Installations: water cosmos (Markus Jeschaunig), Fahnenmeer (Artists for Future)
  • Flying buffet – wine tasting: Söll Winery Gentle Viticulture

Saturday, 23 March 2024, 9 am – 6 pm  (Trinkhalle Bad Ischl) 

  • 8:30 – Admission
  • 9:15 – Welcome
  • 9:30 – Keynote speeches by Thomas Brudermann, Elisabeth Spitzer, Reinhard Steurer (DE), Rose Kobusinge (EN)
  • 11:00 – WaterDates (4 x 20 min) with Peer Bach, Thomas Brudermann, Elmar C. Fuchs, Markus Jeschaunig, Roman Klymenko (EN), Rose Kobusinge (EN), Helga Kromp-Kolb, Maria Holter, Agnes Peschta, Li An Phoa (EN), Hansjörg Schenner, Jörg Schauberger, Johannes Siegmund, Christine Sindelar, Hannes Söll, Elisabeth Spitzer, Reinhard Steurer, Josef Wanzenböck, Janina Zeleny.
    Artistic intervention: “Cut around the World” with Carmen Subota
  • 13:00 – Lunch break
  • 14:00 – ClimateWalk with Artists for Future & Fahnenmeer & drum group Vento Sul
  • 14:45 – Impulse lecture Applied Water Physics or The Mysterious Secrets of Water by Elmar C. Fuchs
  • 14:45 – 16:45 – Workshop I (for young people aged 11 to 15): Water Worlds with Christian Humer from Südwind Upper Austria (open workshop, registration required)
  • 15:15 – 16:45 – Workshop II: Building with the River with Franz Fitzke and Klaus Rauber (DE/EN)
  • 15:15 – 16:45 – Workshop III: Transformative Communities, Reflecting Environmental Privilege and Strengthening Social Action with Natalia Hecht (registration required)
  • 15:30 – 16:15 – Guided tour of the Sudhaus exhibition kunst mit salz und wasser (art with salt and water) with curator Gottfried Hattinger (DE/EN)
  • 17:00 – 18:00 – Panel discussion (DE/EN)

Sunday, 24 March 2024,  9 am – 4 pm  (meeting point in the morning: Trinkhalle Bad Ischl, in the afternoon: PKS-Villa Bad Ischl-Engleithen) 

  • 8:30 – Admission
  • 9:00 – Everything in Flux/in the River? Lecture by Christine Sindelar (Head of Water Laboratory BOKU Vienna), River Research (DE)
  • 9:30 – RiverWalk with Li An Phoa on the banks of the River Traun (registration required) (EN/DE)
    Alternative: guided City tour Bad Ischl (registration required) (EN/DE)
  • 11:00 – Renata Schmidtkunz (ORF, Radio Ö1 recording): In conversation … with Lucía Muriel on the “decolonial perspective of climate movements and questions of social justice”
  • 13:00 – Picnic for Future (PKS-Villa, Bad Ischl-Engleithen)
    Encounter with Water – A Water Drinking Ritual by Regina Hügli & Natalia Hecht
    Film premiere: “Schaubergers’ Legacy” by Franz Fitzke (DE)
    Installations and guided tour of the Schauberger water research showrooms (DE/EN)

Further information

Limited number of participants, registration required (Salzkammergut Ticketing) 
Ticket prices freely selectable (“Pay as you wish”), young people up to 26 years free of charge 
Most of the lectures and WaterDates will be in German (DE), some in English (EN). 
subject to change
More about the project at

Contact the organising project partner:
Phone: 0664 46 28 134


Jörg and Ingrid Schauberger (project management and organisers)
Fariba Mosleh (curatorial project management)

Carmen SubotaEdgar UnterkirchnerElisabeth SpitzerElmar C. FuchsFranz FitzkeHelga Kromp-KolbJohannes SiegmundMaria Christine HolterMarkus JeschaunigPaloma ObispoPeter Bachler (aka Peer Bach)Reinhard SteurerRose KobusingeStella BachThomas BrudermannChristine SindelarHannes SöllJanina ZelenyKlaus RauberLi An PhoaLucía MurielNatalia HechtRegina HügliRenata SchmidtkunzChristian HumerHansjörg SchennerJosef WanzenböckRoman KlymenkoVento SulAgnes PeschtaTeresa Wirth (invited Experts from science, art & practice)

Christina Jaritsch (Head of Programme Climate Change, Gender Diversity)

Globalokal – Building the New

Event info

Bad Ischl
Children & teenagers up to 26 free admission,