Educational Experience

2021- 2023 MA, Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art


Our concept is the mutated eels with a luminescent biofilm created by various kinds of ocean bacteria, which can protect the eels from polluted waters. In return, eels’ mobility, together with the luminescence, will help the bacteria convey their experimental compositional information and manifesto to human.

As eels, a great threat is the presence of metal and chemical pollutants in estuarine waters. Beginning with the creation of a woven floating science station in the Sargassum, with bacterial affiliations created, the eels eventually developed a series of biofilm ‘bandings’ of luminescent, filtering, oxygenating, and photosynthesizing bacteria. They are already versed in undertaking morphological change at different maturing and pigmenting stages, so they deliberately developed new distinct markings with these organized cultures of bacteria in their skin mucosal surfaces. They carry these new mutations across the entire Gulf Stream to help the bacteria disseminate their findings, in exchange for the crucial bio-remediation of troubled waters near the city.

Threats less drove bacteria to their survival. Although the intraspecies competition is problematic in the massively long term, as mass colonies, they were mostly driven by diverse scientific ambitions for futures suited to different bacterial groups. One interesting aspect of this collaboration was therefore the mixing of an inherently solo, endangered individualistic species (eels) with a successful colony species (bacteria). This also affected different visions of science – as an urgent rescue (for the eels, with urgent needs such as filtering the water) versus a more manifesto – like experimentation into possible utopian future organizations by the bacteria.

We worked together to explore the strange questions including what does science mean to non-human species? The process of collaboration was both material and conceptual, with a constant need to re-assess and question ourselves due to the unsettled nature of our two species coming together. In the final outcome, physical and material work (such as creating a viewing box for the aquarium projection mapping) was balanced with scientific communication and the display of material experiments with types of biofilm skin and presentation including careful aesthetics of labeling and explanation. It also needed designing around the requirements of including a display of light projection in the shop space. Finally, the film and its soundtrack were co-produced, drawing on archival as well as original footage to try and communicate the right scientific voice, which moved at a key point from traditionally human narration to an experimental non-human approach.



作为鳗鱼,一个巨大的威胁是河口水域中存在的金属和化学污染物。从在马尾藻中建立一个编织的浮动科学站开始,随着细菌附属物的创建,鳗鱼最终发展出一系列的生物膜 “带”,包括发光、过滤、充氧和光合作用的细菌。它们已经精通在不同的成熟和色素阶段进行形态变化,所以它们故意在皮肤粘膜表面的这些有组织的细菌培养物上发展出新的明显标记。他们带着这些新的突变穿越整个湾流,帮助细菌传播他们的发现,以换取对城市附近的麻烦水域进行关键的生物修复。



Team Work

Conceptual Writing: Amy Cutler

Video Effects: Ke Peng; Ting-yu Lee

Video Editor: Yueshen Wu; Aijia Wang

Sound Design: Aijia Wang; Yueshen Wu; Amy Cutler(Recordings Collection)

Voice-over and Special thanks: Charlotte Jarvis

Video Material Collection: Yueshen Wu; Ke Peng; Aijia Wang; Qing Wang; Amy Cutler; Ting-Yu Lee

Petri dish design and production: Ke Peng; Aijia Wang; Qing Wang

3D modeling and 3D printing of eels: Yueshen Wu

Display case design and construction: Yueshen Wu; Ke Peng; Aijia Wang; Qing Wang

Bio plastics (eel skin) design and production: Ke Peng

Installation building: Yueshen Wu; Ke Peng; Aijia Wang; Qing Wang


2022, POD, Ocean Leisure London

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