A space for conversations and exploration

This floating laboratory created by public works and Assembly uses the canal network as a site as well as a subject. WetLab is a space where creative minds including artists, architects, scientists, engineers and technologists invite the public to come and explore the ecology of the waterways and together envisage potential future uses for the canal in their local area.

WetLab is intended to create an opportunity for discussion and exploration, serving as a spark to imagine future uses of living on and around water. Working with the canals and waterways, WetLab will host playful experiments, workshops and cross-disciplinary discussions.

Wetlab was be moored at Reedley Marina in Burnley from 15th – 18th July with artists from public works and Assembly leading workshops throughout the weekend.

Date 5th August  – online 7 – 8.30pm

7pm Workshop with Compost Mentis

This workshop will share some of Compost Mentis’ initial findings from microscope analysis of canal-side soils and sediment along the Leeds-Liverpool canal. We would love to hear your stories, imaginings and knowledge of what lies under the surface here. What creatures, minerals, processes, plant life, nutrients, chemicals and contaminants might we find? How do you get to know your local soil and what questions do you have about it? This will be an open discussion and microscope gazing session with some creative activities and sharing. It will also be a chance to hear more about the Wetlab project and some of the other exciting experiments they have been working on.

Numbers are limited so please book your place here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wetlab-compost-mentis-workshop-tickets-164506089141

Over 230 bird species have been recorded on site, along with a wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. The story of this site is fascinating – with an industrial past that has become a beautiful location for wildlife – and will inform the final WetLab theme of “Lifecycles”.

WetLab is commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Super Slow Way. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices for AND Festival 2021. Delivered in partnership with Canal & River Trust.