What is the water saying?

Jul 28, 2021   8:30–10pm
Headlands, The Commons
Free, with reservation

Headlands is pleased to host What is the water saying?, a screening curated by the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts and featuring video work by Carolina Caycedo, Sky Hopinka, Arjuna Neuman & Denise Ferreira, Thao Nguyen Phan, and Charwei Tsai.

Advance reservations required.

For thousands of years people lived in harmony with water, expressing a reverence and respect for the earth’s vast oceans, placid lakes, and coursing rivers. Only recently has society pivoted toward violently taming and manipulating these bodies of water, motivated by avarice and domination. Spanning geography and time, the works featured consider the effects of human intervention on bodies of water, and in particular the negative impact on local and Indigenous communities. 

Sky Hopinka, Kunįkága Remembers Red Banks, Kunįkága Remembers the Welcome Song (2014, 9:20 min); Carolina Caycedo, A Gente Rio [The People River] (2016, 29:29 min); Thao Nguyen Phan, Becoming Alluvium (2019–20, 16:40 min); Charwei Tsai, Lanyu—Three Stories (2012, 12:00 min); Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva, 4 Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018, 30 min)

This is the thirteenth event in Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts’ year-long season dedicated to thinking about our contemporary moment through the lens of Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña’s work.

Image: Video still from Becoming Alluvium by Thao Nguyen Phan.

This event will take place in the Commons, and is accessible to people with mobility aids. Light snacks will be available for this nighttime event, but visitors should plan to pack any meals in and out as well as prepare for cool evening weather.


Please note: Headlands resides on in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and must abide by National Park System guidelines. In accordance with National Park Service federal health guidelines, Headlands has established some COVID-19 protocols to help ensure the safety of all our visitors. 

  • Upon arrival, all visitors must check in and submit that they have no COVID-19 symptoms using this self-check guide.
  • All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask over the nose and mouth at all times while indoors—no neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, or face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes. 
  • All visitors must maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others. Parties of a single pod may remain together and children must remain with supervising adults at all times.
  • Mask and social distancing guidelines apply indoors; masks required outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Our campus consists of historic buildings which lack central air filtration or circulation systems; Whenever possible, windows will remain open to encourage air circulation. Sanitizing stations are readily available throughout our buildings. Contact tracing is an important part of reducing the spread of COVID-19. Please contact if you test positive for COVID-19 or experience COVID-19 symptoms following your visit.