Reorient The Misplaced


Name: Rachel Jin Hui, Low

Nationality: Malaysian

Institution / Company: RMIT University


Name: Fonnie, Chan

Nationality: Hong Kong

Institution / Company: University of Melbourne




“I, the witness of history, 
Laid calmly between the land.
Nourishing thousands of homes, 
I was cherished by the Zibo families.
Soon, mining breaks the calmness…
Once a nurturer of the land is now forgotten by my sons.”

Water, the origin of all lives and civilization, was once carrying thousands of houseboats (‘LianJiaChuan’) along the land of Zibo. However, since industrialization, the land has turned into a mine, people no longer live on water.
– The Forgotten Water

“With a body dusted with coal and soil,
What is my role and destiny?”

While the age of mining is gone, the exhausted land is abandoned. Coal and soil are left tangling in the tailing pond. The misplaced matters and water lost their positions and become ‘pollutants’.
– The Misplaced Matters

“Sedimentation. Filtration. Concretion.
Shifting of matter, the misplaced is retrieved.
Floating soil surrounded by the sculpted land,
Remembered by sons and embraced by newcomers.
I’m revived.
I’m water, the witness of all.”

By orienting the misplaced matters, the roles of water and soil that once lost are found. While the misplaced coal and soil reborn into floating village, recalling the lifestyle on houseboats, the water revived, and once again nurturing her sons.
– Revived


#ForgottenWater #MisplacedMatters #ExhaustedLand #TailingPond #FloatingVillage

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