Tuesday 12 October, 12pm

Led by WATER RITES curator Danni Zuvela


ACE Open





  • Wheelchair Access
  • Auslan

Please contact grace@aceopen.art if you would like to attend and have any other access needs

A low light and relaxed-paced tour suitable for neuro-diverse guests of WATER RITES at ACE Open.

The event will be Auslan interpreted.


Water is life; it holds memory; it is culture. A fundamental element of existence, it plays a leading role in ancient origin stories through to contemporary geopolitics. As sweat, tears and the ocean, saltwater indexes pleasure and pain, effort, escape and exaltation. As the planetary crisis continues to escalate, fresh water is at the centre of a rising speculative marketplace in (over-)allocations and futures. It is now the world’s most valuable commodity. There is a lot of weight on water. What is it like to be water?

This project critically examines our relationship to water from the situation of the driest state on the driest continent on earth, in a nation deeply under the spell of extractive industries. WATER RITES positions water as a non-human agent through an array of vessels and acts, giving voice to water, its rhythms, needs and desires.

This event is part of WATER RITES exhibition public programs.

WATER RITES is presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art.

This project is supported by SA Water and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.