“A matter of water?” was born from the idea of narrating the marine environment, in all its forms and changes on the occasion of the Nuit de la Culture, in Esch sur Alzette – Luxembourg. But can you imagine? Bringing the sea to Luxembourg? The country where the ocean just doesn’t exist except in the memories of those who live here.
Producer Luca Piparo describes the process that brought him to create this piece: "I almost immediately realized that most of the images of the marine environment that I own in my mind, just stop at the surface, I never wondered if what is below is really as shown in museums, encyclopedias or scientific magazines that I was reading when I was a teenager. In fact, I had the same doubt that many of us have when we hear about global
warming: “What exactly is going on? Why should we worry? And why should I feel guilty?”
With this feature I tried to give myself some answers, making a small journey through two of the hottest issues related to global warming and the oceans: the climate migrants and the destruction of marine fauna. I gathered some information from those who know more than me about it: media, literature, music and of course… the oceans."
Produced by Luca Piparo
Contributors: Sandra Laborier, Lars Schmitz, Ben Dratwicki, Stefanie Plank
Poem: Sea is History by Derek Walcott
Recorded in the studios of Radio ARA.
Sounds extracts used under CC regulation: Radio Aporee, The Guardian, La Repubblica, Discovery of Sounds in The Oceans –
University of Rhode Island, Listening to the Deep Ocean Environment – Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya.