Rivers are the arteries of our planet and the birthplaces of our civilization.
Yet how do we treat them? With the "Danube River Project," German artist Andreas Müller-Pohle focused on Europe's most important river, which he portrayed above and below the water line, using photography, video and sound recording complemented by scientific analyses of water samples taken from the river. After completion of the Danube project, he expanded his original approach to the Asian mega-metropolis Hong Kong, a genuine city of water with more than 700 kilometers of coastline and countless water spots of all kinds. "Hong Kong Waters" became his second large water project, comprising photography, video and sound, and celebrated its premiere at Hong Kong Arts Centre in April 2011. A third project is now being conceived to portray a non-European, non-Asian island, and you, friends and visitors of this site, are welcome to make suggestions. The metaphorical shape of the water trilogy is thus: from a river (a line) to an urban area (a square) to an island (a circle).


> The Danube River Project selected by Steffen Siegel for "5 x 5 Photo Tracks", Eikon's 5-volume anniversary publication.

> Hong Kong Waters as part of the "Map of Daily Life" exhibit at Lishui Photography Festival 2015, shown at the Lishui Art Museum and afterwards at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Museum. Curator: Sujong Song

> Interview on Hong Kong Waters, by Ji Hyun Kwon, in Korean Art Photo magazine, December 2013 issue (pdf, 3.6 MB)

> Alexander Strecker on LensCulture: "A wonderful book, strongly recommended."

> Hong Kong Waters at Lianzhou Foto 2013, exhibition view, The Granary
Photo: Andreas Meichsner

> "Hongkong unter und über Wasser" on Vice.com

> Hong Kong Waters in Berlin! Photo/Video/Sound installation presented by Ida Illuster Gallery, Pavilion at the Milchhof Ateliers, Schwedter Straße 232, 10435 Berlin. 29 September through 6 October, 12 am to 8 pm. Photo: Video still from "Coasting", 2010/2011

> "Something in the Hong Kong Waters" on Art Radar Asia

> "Disambiguation: Hong Kong Waters" in Scopio magazine, Porto (pdf, 1.2 MB)

> "Fotos aus Hongkong: Nah am Wasser gebaut" on ZEIT Online

> Smart Magna on Hong Kong Waters

> Andreas Müller-Pohle: Hong Kong Waters. With an introduction by Oscar Ho. Available in a European edition by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-86828-410-2, and an Asian edition by Asia One Books, Hong Kong, ISBN 978-988-16977-2-1. 96 pages, 63 color reproductions. Flexcover with dust jacket, 24.2 x 31.5 cm, EUR 39.90 or HK$ 380.00. English/Chinese

> The Danube River Project book is now on Issuu. With an introductory essay by Ivaylo Ditchev. Berlin: Peperoni Books, 2007. ISBN 3-9809677-5-1. 176 pages, 72 reproductions. Hardcover, 30 x 24 cm, EUR 42.00. English/German. To order a hard copy, go here

> Three Hong Kong Waters videos – Dark Waves, Coasting, Zigzag – presented as part of a theater screening at the 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge on 17 February 2012

> Hong Kong Waters at Noorderlicht: 10 images are included in the central exhibition Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age at Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Groningen, Netherlands, 11 September – 9 October 2011. Online catalog here

> Hong Kong Arts Centre show on YouTube (in Chinese language)

> Curators, collectors, art people: download the Hong Kong Waters flyer here (August 2011)

> Sea level rise in Hong Kong: “56 years of tide gauge records in the Victoria Harbour since 1954 demonstrate an unambiguous rise of the mean sea level during this period. There was a rapid rise of the sea level from 1990 to 1999 and a moderate decline thereafter. The trend is similar to that observed by satellite remote sensing over the South China Sea since the early 1990s and also tide gauge records at other coastal stations in the region. On average, the mean sea level in the Victoria Harbour has risen at a rate of 2.6 mm per year during the period 1954 to 2010.”

> Hong Kong Waters at Lumenvisum, 24 June–10 July 2011, L0 Gallery, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

> First presentation of Hong Kong Waters 16–29 April 2011 at Hong Kong Arts Centre, Pao Galleries, 4–5/F, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Curated by Tse Mingchong, Lumenvisum

> Artists' conversation between Andreas Müller-Pohle and Tse Mingchong on 16 April 2011, 4–5:30 pm, at Hong Kong Arts Centre, 5/F, Pao Galleries, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Exhibition opening 6–8 pm

> Projection installation of The Danube River Project at Gesshin-in Temple in Kyoto. Opening 19th February at 6:30 pm with a live performance by Shingo Inao

> Hong Kong Waters Preview, 4–16 January 2011, at Lumenvisum Gallery, L2-10, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon

> Japanese sound artist Shingo Inao joined Hong Kong Waters to cooperate on this multimedia project, creating a water soundscape of Hong Kong that will accompany the photographic part of the installation

> Hong Kong Waters: Last photo & video field trip 23 November–8 December 2010

> Recent stop: Budapest. The Danube River Project at Nessim Galeria, Paulay Ede u. 10, 1061 Budapest, 10 February thru 22 March, 2010

> Prof. Dr. Paul J. Crutzen, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1995, supports the Hong Kong Waters project: “I have admired the photographs of Hong Kong by Mr. Müller-Pohle with great interest. I can highly recommend these pictures from a part of the world which is witnessing the greatest human activity.”

> On view in Athens at Esplanade Building, Faliron Olympic Complex: The Danube River Project, in the framework of Athens Photo Festival, till 6 December, 2009

> Hong Kong Waters welcomes Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Lumenvisum Gallery, Monochrom, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Harbour Plaza Hong Kong, Creative Promotions International, and others as project partners

> Over 2,000 visitors came to see The Danube River Project on the opening weekend at Uferhallen, Berlin, in the framework of the 3rd European Month of Photography

> Best photo books 2007/08: The Danube River Project book has been chosen as one of 22 international titles to receive the Photobook Award 2007/08

> Trailer: The Danube River Project on YouTube

> Book release: Andreas Müller-Pohle: The Danube River Project. With an essay by Ivaylo Ditchev. Berlin: Peperoni Books, January 2008. ISBN 3-9809677-5-1. 176 pages, 72 reproductions. Hardcover, 30 x 24 cm, EUR 42.00. English/German. Available through Vice Versa Vertrieb, Amazon or at your local bookstore. Download book flyers in English or Deutsch (pdf, 670 KB)

> Find additional hydrological values from the Pearl River (Guangzhou), the Tejo (Lisbon), the Chao Phraya (Bangkok), and the Sumida (Tokyo)

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Last update: 3 January, 2019