Water and Future Life

MFS IIIx3 (Minjiang Floating System) is an archipelago of floating bamboo and wood structures designed by architect Kunlé Adeyemi / NLÉ Works as a hub for communal reflection about life on water and future ecologies. An integral part of the ‘Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence’ project, this iteration of Adeyemi’s Makoko Floating School includes a concert hall for a program engaging with longstanding musical traditions in China and their hybridization with other genres from rock to electronic, and an exhibition addressing issues around water and rural spaces.

The exhibition pavilion presents work by artists whose practice gives new insight into rurality, ecological issues and the relationship between the countryside and urban space. Interdisciplinary collectives Arquitectura Expandida from Colombia and Gudskul (ruangrupa, Serrum + Grafis Huru Hara) from Indonesia reflect on the processes they developed during a residency in Shiyan village in Jiajiang County engaging with local communities. The collaborative activities aimed to expand community engagement in generating new forms of rural transformation. These were conceived through workshops and interventions seeking to articulate social dynamics and develop new tools and strategies to collectively generate new understandings of the potential of rural contexts.

Complementing these experimental approaches to rurality are two artistic projects looking at the history and futures of water and rurality. A speculative video produced with the inhabitants of a rural area in norther Italy is presented by INLAND, a project initiated by Spanish artist Fernando García-Dory. On the second floor, two bodies of work by Chengdu-based artists Cao Minghao and Chen Jianjun reflect on the past and present of the water systems around Chengdu. In addition, a presentation by Kunlé Adeyemi sheds light on the architectural and intellectual research that led to the development of the MFS IIIx3 project.

‘Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence’ presents its main exhibition in the Easter Suburb Memory Park, featuring works by almost 60 living artists from more than 20 countries.

Exhibition on MFS IIIx3

The medium structure of MFS IIIx3 presents an exhibition addressing rural space in the light of technological and ecological transformations, and in particular water management as a system that underlies city and countryside.

Music Program on Water

The largest structure of MFS IIIx3 is a concert hall for a program engaging with longstanding musical traditions in China and their hybridization with other genres from rock to electronic