The project 'Estaría bien que en algún momento podamos beber agua' by artist Laia Ventayol García is part of the delocalized itinerary "1+1+1...", that will unfold throughout the Gothic and El Born neighborhoods from November 9-21.
Estaría bien que en algún momento podamos beber agua [It Would Be Good if We Could Drink Water at Some Point] discusses an encounter on the mountain to look for groundwater, albeit without extraction in mind. It is born from Ventanyol’s wish to carry out this bodily skill, by exerting her own sensitivity with which she will perceive the burbling of the water running underground and which will allow her to find it. The word zahorí (dowser) comes from the Spanish Arabic word zuhari, which is in turn derived from azzuharah. Zahar means to shine. A dowser’s ability is known as dowsing (or water divining), and it is defined as the ability to perceive radiations. This is one of humanity’s ancestral and animal abilities. Beginners use simple devices that amplify these radiations. Veteran dowsers rarely need these devices and rely on their own bodies. There is a wealth of manuals that provide detailed explanations on how to place your body, especially your feet, back, hands and fingers. Ventayol collects these manuals, especially due to her interest in the drawings they contain, which are curiously similar to old instruction sheets to assemble utilitarian devices.
Participants / actors: Laia Grau, Mireia Fornes, Maria Bonet, Toni Viejo, Lluís Nebot, Agustí Nebot, Joan Terrassa, Tomeu Torres, Xisca Fuster and Toni Bonet.
Camera: Agustí Torres
Postproduction: Laia Ventayol García, Sofía Sasso