Loren Kronemyer & Mike Bianco

Brackish Rising

Interdisciplinary arts practitioners collaborate to explore the issue of salinity.


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Follow your tap water all the way back to the source.

In Brackish Rising, salinity renegades, citizen scientists and artists Loren Kronemyer and Mike Bianco playfully explore water, drought and desalination around Kwinana, home of the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant.

Order a flight of water tastings in the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab, hone your survival skills with a Water Still Workshop and learn to cook with saline plants in a beachside cooking class. These are just some of the interactive events that will explore the past, present and future of water sovereignty in Southwest Australia.


Based in Kwinana, Bianco and Kronemyer will follow your tap water back to its source in the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab, hosting a three-week program of workshops, public tours, interviews and water tastings along the way.

Brackish Rising will shed new light on Perth’s water systems, producing an array of visual documentation in addition to a Brackish Radio podcast uploaded daily to the Brackish Rising website; a permanent internet-based archive of the unseen sights and sounds that define our relationship to water in the Perth metropolitan area.

Opening of Brackish Rising 

Kwinana Beach, near the Desalination Plant (map) 
Thursday 16 February, 5–7pm 

Join the artists on the pristine Kwinana coastline for the official opening of Brackish Rising. Canapes, drinks and water will be served.

Free, registrations required

Water Tastings

Enter the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab for daily water tastings at research sites across Kwinana. Learn to discern the different flavours of Perth’s water and hear about the many complex paths it takes to reach your tap.

The Spectacles, Kwinana (map)
Fri 17 Feb, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Step back in time to one of Kwinana’s most important Aboriginal heritage sites on an intimate tour of the Spectacles wetlands.

Providence Development, Kwinana (map)
Thur 23 Feb, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Discover what goes on beneath the surface of a newly-constructed subdivision.

John Wellard Community Centre (map)
Fri 24 Feb, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Call into the central community hub of Kwinana, Western Australia’s fastest growing suburb.

Darius Wells Library (map)
Thur 2 Mar, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Call into the central community hub of Kwinana, Western Australia’s fastest growing suburb.

Kwinana Beach near the Desalination Plant (map)
Fri 3 Mar, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Experience the pristine and surreal surrounds of the Kwinana coastline, with the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant as a backdrop.

Free, registrations required

DIY Water Still Workshop

Abingdon Park, Wellard (near the Village Green, map)
Sat 18 and Sun 19 Feb, 9–11.30am

Bring yourself one step closer to becoming a water sovereign. Join artists Mike Bianco and Loren Kronemyer to learn how to craft your own backyard solar water desalination still.

Free, registrations required

Saline Food Demonstration 

Wells Park (map)
Sat 25 Feb, 9–11.30am and Sun 26 Feb, 5–7pm

Learn to embrace our arid landscape by tasting some of the most drought and salt tolerant plants in the world in this hands-on cooking demonstration, set in the surreal landscape of Kwinana beach.

Free, registrations required

Brackish Tour of Kwinana

Throughout Kwinana. Meeting Point: Kwinana Train Station (map)
Sat 4 Mar, 9–11.30am and Sun 5 Mar, 5­–7.30pm

Hop on a bus and join artists Mike Bianco, Loren Kronemyer, and their collaborators as they follow the journey of Perth's water. Gain behind-the-scenes insights into the desalination process, intimately explore a wetland ecology, and peer beneath a newly-constructed subdivision to see how complex and astounding our water system is.

Free, registrations essential


Brackish Rising is commissioned by International Art Space as part of the Know Thy Neighbour program, and presented for the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival in partnership with the City of Kwinana.


Salt, 2015
Courtesy the Artist

Dates, Times & Access

On the streets of Kwinana

Thur 16 Feb–Sun 5 Mar 2017

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Brackish Rising: An Essay

Brackish Rising: An Essay

Finding solutions to the problems created by climate change is especially vital in a city like Perth, where the annual flow from rainfall into the city’s dams and catchments has fallen by 80% since the 1970s ...


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