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Bubbles

Haishu Chen

2019 - 2020

Switzerland

This is a fictional visual story about water in Switzerland, and the phenomenon of artificialization and renaturation of nature.

Water is the element that Swiss are most proud of. It’s a part of the landscape, a cultural image, but at the same time also economic resource and political resource. Numbers of reservoir projects were built up through the whole country for the dream of developing renewable energy and protecting clean water resource, which have formed new landscape and social structure today; Using both traditional and latest technology, the Swiss scientists keep especially the hydraulic projects to the environment and ecosystem of different water bodies; After recognising the negative influence of artificial water body, Swiss started different approaches to renaturalize them... Innovated by the multiple relations between water and Swiss society, Chen creates this project based on both historical facts and his imagination, employing multiple mediums such as photographs, sound, video interview and found materials. The texts are quotations from the science fiction Sloaris by Stanisław Lem, which describes a planet covered by intelligent fluid and discusses the essence of intelligence, memory and the boundary between human and nature.

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  • AQUATIC, Lausanne

  • AQUATIC, Lausanne

  • AQUATIC, Lausanne

  • Suiss Nautic Fair

  • Suiss Nautic Fair

  • Flow control structure, River Toess

  • Field study of aquatic ecology, Swiss Fe- deral Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Zurich

  • EAWAG, Zurich

  • EAWAG, Zurich

  • EAWAG, Zurich

  • Pictures by the underwater camera Aquascope © EAWAG

  • Waterworks Schaffhausen

  • Dam Sihlsee

  • Plan of Dam Sihlsee

  • Restaurant at Reservoir Sihlsee, Schwyz

  • Restaurant at Reservoir Sihlsee, Schwyz

  • Reservoir Sihlsee, Schwyz

  • Training of water rescue dog, Lausanne

  • Firework for the Swiss National Day, Rhine Falls


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