Water, A Journey Through Cultures
Elisabeth Ochsenfeld • Germany • Visual Artist
Ana Barca • Romania • Ethnologist
Ciprian Chirileanu • Romania • Visual Artist
Roger Colombik and Jerolyn Bahm-Colombik • USA • Artists
Dee C’Rell • United Kingdom • Composer
Dan Ioan Dinescu • Romania • Photographer
Remus Georgescu • Romania • Composer and Conductor
Dr. Ketevan Kintsurashvili • Georgia • Anthropologist
Paula Kouwenhoven • The Netherlands • Artist
Dana Mercea • Romania • Artist
Renee Renard • Romania • Media Artist
Iosif Stroia • Romania • Visual Artist
Nicolae Ungar • Romania • Visual Artist
A PowerPoint presentation, music cd, video and text Water, A Journey Through Cultures traces the collaborative
team’s journey along a number of waterways: Dr. Kintsurashvili and the Colombiks first went to the Republic of Georgia to discover how the
Mktvari and Inguri rivers relate to the development of a civil society there. They then traveled to Romania to meet up with Oschsenfeld
and Kouwenhoven to look at how waterways in that country have sustained their surrounding communities. From Romania, the whole team then
traveled to Holland to explore the role water plays in the cultural, political and social development of that country. The resulting videos,
cds and texts are a poetic distillation of their research, revealing the multiple influences that such a vital element has on so many layers
of our existence.
The theme of water was chosen because we and our planet mainly consist of it; because it is, as Ochsenfeld writes, “the most important element in the origin of the world in which we live today—of mankind,
with everything that is viable around it. And our culture is the essence and consequence of this ongoing process of development.
“To start with, I chose the string of watermills in Rudaria,” Ochsenfeld continues, “because their constituency tells of an old culture.
The first mills in this region date back to 1772 . . . today there are 22 left functioning—all of them situated on three kilometers of the stream
Rudarica winding its way through the village of Rudaria, in the Banat Mountains of Western Romania. Each mill is used and maintained by 22 to 23
Rudaria was founded in 1241 and is known among ethnologists and nature lovers for its wooden constructions, sustained by an unaltered craftsmanship.
Their density is a unique phenomenon in Southeast Europe.