Aqua Lab: In Search of the Third Thing

Alexander UnderwaterWater is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one,
but there is also a third thing, that makes it water
and nobody knows what that is…

‘The Third Thing’ — D.H. Lawrence

Aqua Lab: In Search of the Third Thing aims to investigate what exactly that “thing” is that draws us to be in the water. Not everyone is compelled to throw themselves into water but for those that are addicted to it – the pull is undeniable. All would most likely agree that it is not just one thing. During its investigation Aqua Lab has identified many things that drive us to jump into water including weightlessness, color, solitude, patterns of light, sound, adventure, a connection to nature, and the thrill of the unknown.

Aqua Lab was founded out of a need to be in the water, and what happens when one can’t be in the water. Nothing becomes more important than when it is denied.

The items created for Aqua Lab are part of this investigation but also an attempt to replicate the feeling of being in the water by being surrounded with watery imagery, ideas, data, and objects. It helps, but of course it is no replacement for the real thing. Whatever that is…

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