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Act IV: Adaptation

Rimini Protokoll (Germany), win > < win, 2019, interactive installation with live jellyfish and sound, installation view CCCB, Barcelona. Photography by Martí E. Berenguer.

By 2119, sea levels had risen significantly around the world, inundating many coastal cities and forcing communities and societies to adopt dramatically different ways of living.

Humanity’s global technological infrastructure was disintegrating due to increasingly severe environmental challenges, leading to fragmented social and political systems. The sea became the primary geological feature on the planet. Adapting to an increasingly oceanic world became critical for survival.

By the early 22nd century, the impact of climate change on the temperature and chemistry of marine ecosystems had been striking. As the sea acidified and warmed, it became an ideal habitat for one particular species — jellyfish. An immersive installation by Rimini Protokoll provides an insight into the era when jellyfish became the dominant species on earth. The minority species, humans, recall a time when their ancestors attempted to prevent this eventuality.

List of artists:
Bao Songyu, Rimini Protokoll


Featured Artworks

Bao Songyu, Museum of Marine Life, 2019, 3D printed plastic with ready-mades, installation view, Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media.