Delta Lives \ বজীবন
Sundarbans, India + Bangladesh \ সুন্দরবন, ভারত এবং বাংলাদেশ
Location: Sundarbans - Bangladesh and West Bengal, India
Type: Virtual Biosphere / Non-Linear Storyboarding / UI/UX /
Creative Commons, Speculative Cartography
Tags: data, craft, innovation, indigenous, forest, wetland, alternate, media, culture, ruralism, public arena
How does life unfold in the Sundarbans Delta region?
As the waters from the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna meander into the Bay of Bengal, they inundate the delta with alluvial soil. From the Royal Bengal Tiger to migratory birds to a rich floral biodiversity, the Sundarbans have all kinds of life blooming forth.
On the edge of wilderness, a curious story of evolutionary tensions and co-habitation plays out - between its people and the tigers. All kinds of dynamics - both infrastructural and cultural - have emerged from this relationship over centuries.
Designed as an interactive non-game designed around the stories of people, flora and fauna in the Sundarbans, one of the intentions of this project has been to talk about such coastal ecosystems that have already been rendered vulnerable due to climate change.
Landscapes like these are as much a part of the external world as those which inhabit our psyches. They embody the simplicity of rural life - the colloquial practices and socio-cultural minutiae which populate a landscape that doubles up as a pulsating boundary, very much alive and moving - that between built and nature, humanity and brutal wilderness, river and sea.