*50 copies limited edition* “Distant Water Exotic Landscape” is a generative audio and visual installation that explores the micro and macro perceptions of environmental cycle system through the transformational and transmittable materiality of water. It invites audience to (re-)consider the interdependencies among human, water and technology, as well as the liminal boundaries between natural and artificial environments.
The installation creates an imaginary landscape on coloured paper, where the black ink is constantly washed out by vaporised molecules of the water collected from various sources such as a local river, rain, spring, and imported bottled water. A pair of headphones is given to each viewer one at a time as live recodings reveal the energetic activities behind the formation of landscapes. Two types of microphones are installed behind the paper: a hydrophone inside the water bottle — to magnify the movements of liquid water and its vaporised steam, and a pair of electromagnetic sensors — to capture the electric flow consumed by the water vaporiser.
The duration of forming a piece of “landscape” and its energy consumption is precisely controlled: each piece is made of one distinct source of water ‘transforming’ on one piece of paper, within 7 hours of completed vaporisation. In this sense, new landscapes are created on a daily basis until the end of the exhibition.