The Blue Humanities Archive is a transdisciplinary project at the intersection of digital art, environmental humanities, and emerging eco-technologies to enhance and support the protection of the depleting biodiversity of salt and freshwater.
It is focused on developing an ecological database dedicated to aquatic environments. Ultimately, the archive will be based on DNA digital data storage technology and will take the liquid form of a drop. We understand water as a non-binary, transitional, and fluid substance that supports the idea of queer ecologies, environmental identity and justice, and the postulates of Fifth Wave Feminism. Our goal is to create a sustainable and multi-sensorial model of documenting endangered species, preserving the memory of extinct aquatic environments, and opening a collective space for a hydrofeminist networking and multispecies future through digital art.
Justyna Górowska (she/her) is a hydrofeminist and performative artist, and collaborator in interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of art, technology, and social activism. As a child, she fell in love with the aquatic creatures of the Skawa River in Poland. She has exhibited in Berlin, Jakarta, Warsaw, and New York. She received her PhD at the University of Fine Arts in Poznan in 2020. She is currently based in Krakow and she teaches at The Intermedia Department at Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts.
Ewelina Jarosz (she/they) is a hydrosexual researcher, queer blue posthumanities scholar, performative artist, and collaborator in interdisciplinary projects on hydro-art. They are children of the Baltic Sea where they grew up with cyanosis and algae. She received her Ph.D. in humanities at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Ewelina was twice awarded The Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship. She is currently based in Krakow and teaches at The Department of Media and Cultural Research at The Pedagogical University.
The BhA is part of the "STUDIOTOPIA. Art meets Science in the Anthropocene" project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union