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Floating Lives

These projects will invite you to pay attention to the communities of the inter-island area who, living above the sea or by its side, have developed rich ways of being adapted to the ebbs and flows of the water.

Situating Circatidal

Joanne Chan, Fok Chun-wing & Tommy Hui

"Water of the great sea – emerges twice a day respectively as morningtide and nighttide."

Humans live by solar time, from dawn to dusk, a 24-hour cycle. Coastal organisms, however, live by lunar time, two tidal 'bulges' a day, a 24 hour-and-50-minute cycle. Because of the tidal rise and fall, significant differences in temperature, humidity, and wave exposure can be found at different heights on the rocky shore.

This gives birth to a colorful gradient of life, from algae growth to organism colonization, an ecosystem zoned from low to high levels. The life forms found within compact space, a few meters of height difference along the coastline, sometimes exceed what is found at several hundred meters sprawl on land.

The lunar time is manifested through the habitats on the rocky shore. The coastline is no longer just a line because of the tides. ‘Situating Circatidal’ aims to visually explore the biodiversity patterns in the coastal environments of Peng Chau and Mui Wo - at the intersection of co-dependent survival and territorial kinships, to retell the stories of lunar time.

  • Peng Chau Rocky Shore Tour
    Peng Chau Rocky Shore Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Nov 12
    Nov 12, 2023, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
    Meeting point: Peng Chau cinema , 15 Wai Tsai St, Peng Chau, Hong Kong
    with Tommy Hui. Discover the beings living on the tidal areas of Peng Chau.
  • Situating Circatidal
    Situating Circatidal
    Sat, Nov 04
    Nov 04, 2023, 10:00 AM – Nov 26, 2023, 6:00 PM
    Peng Chau Cinema, 15 Wai Tsai St, Peng Chau, Hong Kong
    by Joanne Chan, Fok Chun-wing & Tommy Hui. Discover the incredible story of the rocky-shore residents: sea-snails, chitons, algae,... and how they develop special skills to adapt to the tide tempo to live both on the land AND in the sea.
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