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Drylab 2023: living a possible future with resource scarcity

Marco A Janssen, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA
Adriene Jenik, School of Art, Arizona State University, USA
Sarra Z Tekola, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA
Krista L Davis, School of Art, Arizona State University, USA
Shalae Flores, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, USA
Willa Gibbs, Arizona State University, USA
Molly Koehn, School of Art, Arizona State University, USA
Valerie Lyons, School of Art, Arizona State University, USA
Cydnei Mallory, School of Art, Arizona State University, USA
Sydney Rood, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA; School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University, USA
Séverin Guelpa, MATZA, Geneva, Switzerland
Luz-Andrea Pfister, Pfister Lab Web Development, Fountain Hills, USA

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-10299-230408

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Abstract

We report on an art and sustainability project, inspired by sustainable living and by the work of Elinor Ostrom, in which the authors experienced a not-too-distant future of water scarcity in an isolated location in the Mojave Desert for four weeks. We restricted our water use to ≤ 15.1 L/day (4 gallons) water per person and consumed a water-wise vegan diet. Here, we report and reflect on our experience of this art and sustainability project. We show that, as participants, we had no difficulty adjusting to a resource-scarce environment or living in a remote location. Our experience showed that (temporary) behavioral change is possible to cope with extreme resource scarcity without a net negative effect on the quality of life. Future replications of such art and sustainability projects in safer environments could become spaces for science, art, and innovation for more sustainable lifestyles.

Key words

art and sustainability; collective action; commons; governance; water; water scarcity

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