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NaturArchy Residencies: Haunted Waters @ JRC

How do we keep living on a damaged planet?

Prepare a ghost hunt! Next week (13/03 – 17/03) Nonhuman Nonsense (Instagram: @nonhuman_nonsense) return to the JRC for their project Haunted Waters, together with water quality researcher Caterina Cacciatori. This residency will take part in the framework of NaturArchy: Towards a Natural Contract.

They will conduct research and continue their exploration of contaminants as ghosts, water quality management tools as ghost hunting tools, and engagement of citizens as ghost hunters, connecting the worlds of scientific research and contaminants with mythologies and local communities.

If we let the ghost contaminant speak, what are they saying? What past stories do they speak of, and what do they foresee for the future?

They will give an initial presentation on Friday March 17th at the JRC. The presentation will be hybrid in format and Webex attendance will be possible, details to be confirmed.  If you would like to receive the link to attend please contact

ghosts of the anthropocene
Image credits: Nonhuman Nonsense

More about the project

Life in our times entails an apparent dissolution of the proper separation of things. What emerges in this crisis is an uncanny eeriness; sunbathing reminds us of global warming, breathing city air of pollution, and drinking water of contaminants. Unseen anthropogenic entities are haunting our experience. The ghosts of the Anthropocene have awakened! Nonhuman Nonsense and Caterina Cacciatori propose a ghost hunt by reimagining water monitoring tools as ghost-hunting equipment. Together with local citizens living at waterways and connecting the world of science and mythology, they will attempt to form a different, closer relationship with these ghostly entities (aka. contaminants), making them a larger part of our concern.


Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio creating near-future fabulations and experiments somewhere between utopia and dystopia. Caterina Cacciatori is an environmental engineer working on water management. The group first met and connected at the SciArt Summer School on the topic of NaturArchy which took place in June 2022 at the JRC. 


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