Chen Haishu“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; Deeply rooted into the history in Switzerland, the water supply and sewage disposal system formed the everyday relation of Swiss with water; Using both traditional and latest technology, the Swiss scientists keep studying the influence of the human actives, 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. Chen also quote the sentences 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.” – Chen Haishu