Brazil / December 2018-February 2019

Future of Water in Brasilia – Future of Chapada dos Veadeiros 

Politics of Nature was invited to present the game at Universidade de Brasília, Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável and conduct a gaming workshop afterwards. Further Politics of Nature was invited to present the findings at the international short film festival Curta Brasilia to build bridge between academia and movie makers, ultimately seeking collaborations that could lead to virtual reality experiences. 

In January 2019 we


by Denise Augustinho, researcher Universidade de Brasilia 

(takeouts from published article)

On December 3, 2018 we played the PoN, we did 3 simultaneous tables, 3 different themes: (i) The future of water in the DF, (ii) Climatic resilience in Brasilia and (iii) using technology to empower kids and education
The proposed controversy over the future of water in the Federal District was, to a large extent, equating the occupation of the territory with the capacity to supply its population with the resources necessary for its existence – notably the most fundamental of them, water – is now an issue and what we are doing today is writing the future of the capital.
Over time, Brasília and the surrounding area have consolidated themselves as an important migratory attractor, which has welcomed and had an important contribution in its construction of climate refugees such as the northeastern drought flagellates and it is difficult to speak of vetoing the arrival of more people, this controversy is very significant.

it is imperative that we think of the territory, the water bodies that sustain us and the social bodies as beings in time, beings with becoming. Today we estimate that we have water availability, that Corumbá IV would supply Brasilia with water for the next 100 years (as Roriz’s electoral propaganda called out). But like all beings, the water bodies perish and make it more or less fast according to the life they have.

What we usually call “Nature”, in fact, is not given; it is not a natural resource that is available. The fungal network is doing a great negotiation with the tree roots, which in turn negotiate with the groundwater and the flying rivers at the same time; the fire in the Cerrado does a strong diplomacy with the seeds. Do not deceive ourselves, they are doing a heavy politics.


A warm and special thanks to Ana Arruda, Denise Augustinho, Abner Calixter, Deborah Dodd Marcedo, Maria Silva, Ana Cristina & Paulo, Renato Perotto, Marcelo C. De Souza and blessings to all the participants that has given PoN its own afterlife in Brazil.