tilapia village

A projected view into an underwater architecture, inviting visitors to trace the movements of it’s inhabitants.

Smuggled to Taiwan from Singapore by two former prisoners of war in 1946, Tilapia fish quickly became a popular source of cheap protein on the then impoverished island. Once freed from their original aquaculture ponds by a storm, the fish, originally from Africa, established themselves in artificial and natural habitats all over the country.

In Jhongdou Wetland, their bowl shaped nests form regular patterns, a spontaneous architecture easily visible on the ground of a muddy creek, while the life of their inhabitants goes by unnoticed.

The projection surface provides a canvas to visualize their movements, the collective effort of the visitors resulting in an imprint of the interactions and journeys of the life under the water surface.

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