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", 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 magazine December 2013 issue (pdf, 3.6 MB)
> Photo/Video/Sound installation presented by , 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
> Andreas Müller-Pohle: Hong Kong Waters. With an introduction by Oscar Ho. Available in a European edition by , Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-86828-410-2, and an Asian edition by , Hong Kong, ISBN 978-988-16977-2-1. 96 pages, 63 color reproductions. Flexcover with dust jacket, 24.2 x 31.5 cm, or . English/Chinese
> The Danube River Project book is now on . 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
> 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 June10 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 1629 April 2011 at Hong Kong Arts Centre, Pao Galleries, 45/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, 45:30 pm, at Hong Kong Arts Centre, 5/F, Pao Galleries, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Exhibition opening 68 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, 416 January 2011, at Lumenvisum Gallery, L2-10, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
> 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.”
> 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
> Book release: Andreas Müller-Pohle: The Danube River Project. With an essay by Ivaylo Ditchev. Berlin: , January 2008. ISBN 3-9809677-5-1. 176 pages, 72 reproductions. Hardcover, 30 x 24 cm, EUR 42.00. English/German. Available through or at your local bookstore. Download book flyers in or (pdf, 670 KB)