Since 2013 Peter Cusack made several trips to the Aral and its watershed to make field recordings, take photographs, talk to people and to try to understand the impact of water use and abuse on the environment and people of the region.

The talk about the Aral Sea includes audio, images and stories from the spectacular Kyrgyzstan mountains, the fertile Fergana valley and the Aral itself. They include jackals howling at the moon, village life during a thunder storm of rain signifying the sea’s restoration, sounds of ice closely connected to changes in the climate and a perpetual motion waterwheel, ancient technology still in use.


Photos Vera Marmelo.