Fisheye: Return of the Eel is a speculative research project operating at the intersection of architecture, science and nature. The narrative follows the speculative ‘Return of the Eel’ into the waters of the Dutch Markermeer; a journey which enriches the biodiversity chain, improves food economy and by looking through the eyes of another species points out the inherent friction in engineering land to manage water through dikes and other 'obstacles'. This project reframes the notion of ecology towards an inclusive and interdependent system, with humans as co-players.
In Venice, the water-focused installation responds to the diversity of the Laguna, adding a parallel narrative focusing on the ‘bricole’ water-poles as it’s protagonists. The spatiality of living together involves diverse political, ecological, financial, social and climatic issues. By layering these complex issues and engaging at varied scales, from the global to the microscopic, this research challenges a perception of water from an omnipresent ‘blue’ space, towards a rich body with agency and an essential factor for cohabitation on this planet. Fisheye is a call for reflection and humbleness.
Fisheye is developed with a multidisciplinary team, including Bureau LADA, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at Amsterdam University, and We are Here Venice.
Established in Amsterdam in 2010 by architect and urbanist Lada Hršak, Bureau LADA (Landscape Architecture Design Action) is a studio for architectural experimentation. The studio introduces poetry, wit, and wisdom into its projects, working in and between architecture, artistic research, and cultural ecology. Bureau LADA explores the relationships between nature, culture, art, and science, looking for the agency of spatial practices and cooperation between different territories, and has exhibited internationally.
Lada Hršak completed the postgraduate programme at The Berlage Institute after training in the faculty of architecture at the University of Zagreb. Parallel to her design work, Hršak teaches, and was a committee member of the Creative Industries Fund NL.