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Museum of Water Ontario

Museum of Water Ontario is commissioned by Luminato Festival Toronto and produced with Artsadmin (UK). Museum of Water image by Clara Peltier.

Museum of Water Ontario

Introducing the Um

Date & Time

January 25, 2022 @ 12:30 pm 1:30 pm EST

Museum of Water Ontario is an ongoing digital project culminating at Luminato 2022.




Sunrise to Sunset



Museum of Water began as a collection of public offerings of personal connections to water, intended to deepen our relationships with water. In this new collaboration, MuseUm of Water responds to and evolves with the Indigenous context of the land we are on, and the water we live with and rely upon for our collective survival. 

MuseUm of Water’s public programming offerings in 2022 is a series of conversations and invitations – to recalibrate our relationship to water, to move towards collectively de-centring ourselves in relationship to water, and to strengthen our capacities in support of water, water access, and precious water knowledges. 

In the month of January, join MuseUm of Water collective members Elwood Jimmy, Leslie McCue, Amy Sharrocks and Sara Roque in conversation with Alison Wong, around process, practice, language(s), responsibility, accountability, and the necessity and urgency of paths to wiser relationships with water and with each other. Prior to the online conversation, the programming commences with a centring of the water that begins from sunrise and continues until sunset.  

This is the first in a series of monthly curated online conversations with different guests speaking to different aspects of our relationship to water.  

Please consider donating to the Keepers of Water to help keep our waters clean and safe: https://www.keepersofthewater.ca/donate

About Um of Water (web app)

this work is a sonic sharing of water wavelengths by people in relationship with water and land.

we open as a work in progress, with the intention that we can grow this together and learn from each other over time and with water. For the moment this is a desktop experience only, the mobile version is coming soon. umofwater.com

the collective is inviting Indigenous peoples and allies to sit with water and to spend time in a practice of deep listening. as the Um of Water grows, audio recordings of this experience will be able to be uploaded and heard when visitors scroll over the digital map. this collective action of deep listening and sharing is intended to create a sonic cartographic experience that centers the voice and sounds of water – amplifying and asserting our accountabilities and responsibilities to water and to each other.

words and fonts are monuments to meaning, they simplify and they standardize, they consume and limit possibilities: written place names have been used to prop up systems of abuse.

resisting the desire to pin down and reduce oral languages, refusing these assumed wayfinders of previous maps, instead, we offer the disorientation of searching, finding your way by other means, feeling your way through sound and topography, using your senses, dissolving written words to focus on the water itself.

This is a preview of an ongoing project with future programming to culminate in June 2022.

The Collective
Elwood Jimmy
Leslie McCue
Sara Roque
Amy Sharrocks

Clara Peltier

Tone Davies

Site Developers
From Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre:
Brendan Billingsley
Amos Hayes
Rebekah Ingram
Matthew King
Peter Pulsifer

Additional Sound Contributors
Ko’khó:wa Horn-Kirby, Matthew King, Thohahènte

Production Assistant (UK)
Alisa Oleva

Mary Osborn, Artsadmin UK
Alison Wong, Luminato

Um of Water is commissioned and presented by Luminato in partnership with the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (Carleton University), and Artsadmin UK

Design de Plume, Drawing Change, Alex Rand, Murray Richardson

Process Gallery