‘Of Soil and Water: the King’s Cross Pond Club’ and other water works

Date 01.11.15

Time 3.00 - 4.30pm

Location Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BS2 4DB


A talk by Marjetica Potrč and Ooze at the Holbourne Museum Bath, presented as part of the Bristol and Bath Art Weekender.


+44 (0)1225 388569


Presented as part of the Bristol and Bath Art Weekender the Holburne is delighted to present a talk by artist Marjetica Potrč and Ooze architects.

Based in Ljubljana and Berlin, Marjetica Potrč is a Slovenian artist and architect whose work includes drawing, architecture, and public art projects. Her works address issues such as social space and contemporary architectural practices, reflections on sustainability, and new solutions for a Dry Toilet (Caracas, 2003). Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe and the Americas, including the São Paulo and Venice Biennials. She has received numerous grants and awards, including the Hugo Boss Prize and the Vera List Centre for Arts and Politics Fellowship at The New School in New York. Since 2011, she has been a Professor at the University of Fine Arts/HFBK in Hamburg, Germany. Students of her course Design for the Living World develop participatory design projects during long-term residencies in various locations around Europe (such as Belgrade, Tromsø, Norway, and rural Austria) and elsewhere (Soweto, South Africa).

Ooze is an international practice operating in the fields of art, architecture and urban strategies, based in Rotterdam, and founded by Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg in 2003. Ooze combines an elaborate understanding of natural, ecological processes with technological expertise and deep insights into the social-cultural behavior of users of the built environment. Their design and research projects, constructed in collaborative processes that balance imaginations of futures with urgent, current needs, are transformative tools at the hand of agents. Ooze strives to be a catalyst for change and believe that change is incremental. The cyclic processes found in nature form the base for each intervention and integrate the human scale within a holistic urban strategy.

Since2008 Potrč and Ooze have repeatedly worked together on projects in Europe and are currently engaged in a project for a primary school in Bristol as part of the ‘Resilience Lab’ project. Their interdisciplinary works include Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Garden (EMSCHERKUNST, Essen, .2010 +2013), The Public Space Society (Art and the City, Zuerich, 2012) Théâtre Evolutif (Bordeaux, 2011), The Cook, the Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour (Stedelijk Goes West, Amsterdam, 2009), The Commons (Yes Naturally, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands, 2013) and The Wind Lift (Folkestone Triennial, 2014).

This talk will feature an overview of the collective’s collaborative water projects with a focus on ‘Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club’, the UK’s first ever man made fresh water public bathing pond which was launched in May 2015. Realised as a temporary public art project within the Kings Cross construction site, this micro-ecological chemical-free pond engages the public to be part of the installation as a piece of experiential art by bathing in the waters purified through a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and clean water.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.