Our newest artists-in-residence at Pepper House are the Berlin-based duo Edgar Kandratian and Vincent Chomaz. Their project in Kochi is conceived as a speculative research of what the future could bring, taking the form of a multi-week walk along what could become the coastline of the Lakshadweep Sea.

Informed by the recent data and the interactive map of “Land projected to be below tideline in 2050” published by Climate Central, their walk will follow the coastline that will emerge in 2050 between Kochi, Kottayam, and Alappuzha. Under this hypothetical, future seashore, Vincent and Edgar will work to uncover the strata of what will be lost to changing climate conditions – to sea rise, increased level of precipitations, and flooding.

Along the walk, they will document the sounds and realities of a land that will be submerged and transformed. A point to devise temporary interventions but also encounter the communities affected, conduct speculative interviews of local residents, and discuss with them how they understand their future.

Edgar and Vincent are part of the bangaloREsidency of the Goethe-Institut, Bangalore.