Brackish Rising is an ongoing multi-faceted project by artists Mike Bianco and Loren Kronemyer which engages with issues of salt, water, desalination, ecology and water sovereignty around Kwinana. Presented as a part of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival, the project called attention to the past, present and future of water in Southwest Australia, including the role of the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant, a facility that has provided over 20% of all potable water in the Perth metropolitan area for the past decade.

Based in Kwinana, Bianco and Kronemyer followed the path of water in the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab, engaging local stakeholders, Kwinana residents and Perth festival audiences in a three-week long program of workshops, public tours, interviews and water tastings. Brackish Rising shed new light on Perth’s water systems, producing an array of visual documentation in addition to a Brackish Radio podcast, available via the Brackish Rising website; a permanent internet-based archive of the unseen sights and sounds that define our relationship to water in the Perth metropolitan area.  



Order a flight of water tastings in the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab, hone your survival skills with a DIY Water Still Workshop or learn to cook with saline plants in a beach side cooking class.

Opening of Brackish Rising 

Kwinana Beach, near the Desalination Plant (map) 
Thursday 16 February, 5–7pm 

Join the artists on the pristine Kwinana coastline for the official opening of Brackish Rising. Canapes, drinks and water will be served.

Water Tastings

Enter the Brackish Rising Mobile Research Lab for daily water tastings at research sites across Kwinana. Learn to discern the different flavours of Perth’s water and hear about the many complex paths it takes to reach your tap.

The Spectacles, Kwinana (map) 
Fri 17 Feb, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Step back in time to one of Kwinana’s most important Aboriginal heritage sites on an intimate tour of the Spectacles wetlands.

Providence Development, Kwinana (map)
Thur 23 Feb, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Discover what goes on beneath the surface of a newly-constructed subdivision.

John Wellard Community Centre (map)
Fri 24 Feb, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Call into the central community hub of Kwinana, Western Australia’s fastest growing suburb.

Darius Wells Library (map)
Thur 2 Mar, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Call into the central community hub of Kwinana, Western Australia’s fastest growing suburb.

Kwinana Beach near the Desalination Plant (map)
Fri 3 Mar, 9–11.30am and 5–7pm

Experience the pristine and surreal surrounds of the Kwinana coastline, with the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant as a backdrop.

DIY Water Still Workshop

Abingdon Park, Wellard (near the Village Green, map)
Sat 18 and Sun 19 Feb, 9–11.30am

Bring yourself one step closer to becoming a water sovereign. Learn how to craft your own backyard solar water desalination still.

Saline Food Demonstration 

Wells Park (map)
Sat 25 Feb, 9–11.30am and Sun 26 Feb, 5–7pm

Learn to embrace our arid landscape by tasting some of the most drought and salt tolerant plants in the world in this hands-on cooking demonstration, set in the surreal landscape of Kwinana beach.

Brackish Tour of Kwinana

Throughout Kwinana. Meeting Point: Kwinana Train Station (map)
Sat 4 Mar, 9–11.30am and Sun 5 Mar, 5­–7.30pm

Hop on a bus and join the artists as they follow the journey of Perth's water. Gain behind-the-scenes insights into the desalination process, intimately explore a wetland ecology, and peer beneath a newly-constructed subdivision to see how complex and astounding our water system is.


Mike Bianco is an artist, curator, researcher, activist, and beekeeper. Bianco’s practice is often manifested in socially engaged art, with an emphasis on issues of politics, environment, sustainability, community activism, energy decline, and the impending 'century of crisis'. Bianco has exhibited his work internationally with institutions that range from the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, to the Kenpoku Art Festival in Ibaraki, Japan. Bianco received his BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Alfred University (2004), an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts (2007), an MFA in Art & Design from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan (2015), and is currently a PhD candidate in the labs of SymbioticA and CIBER at the University of Western Australia. Bianco is also an alumnus of the prestigious Dow Sustainability Fellowship, and the only participant to have ever represented the fields of Art & Design.

Loren Kronemyer is an internationally exhibiting artist from Los Angeles, California. Kronemyer's work involves exploring across disciplines to pursue ideas of interspecies communication, ecological agency, and self-annihilation. She came to Perth in 2011 to work with the SymbioticA lab, and since then has worked with scientific institutions such as the Centre for Sleep Science, Centre for Integrative Bee Research, CELLcentral, and the WA Herbarium. Her artwork has been featured by the Fremantle Art Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Next Wave Festival, Proximity Festival, and Perth International Arts Festival.

Brackish Rising is commissioned by International Art Space as part of the Know Thy Neighbour program, and presented for the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival in partnership with the City of Kwinana.