Shared Dialogues is a transdisciplinary project which explores participatory and artistic tools to collectively reflect on how people experience environmental loss and conflicts in relation to the eutrophication of the Mar Menor lagoon.
The Mar Menor (Murcia, South-Eastern Spain) is Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon and the first in this continent to receive the status of legal personhood following its ecological collapse. The lagoon suffers from severe eutrophication which triggered an algal bloom in 2016, turning into events of mass mortality of aquatic biota later in 2019 and 2021. This ecological degradation is partly attributed to the development of intensive irrigated agriculture in the “Campo de Cartagena”.
Along their journey to explore and communicate with more than words, they have interacted with the artists Arkameyers and other women researchers working on arts-science interfaces. The Shared Dialogues team is happy to invite you to explore the project’s website (in English and in Spanish), where you can find all the details and outputs of the research process and download the 20 visual stories that capture some of the collective learnings under the idea of ‘econotes’.