Nijel Hong Terng Wei
SUSPENDING TRANSLOCALITY/ EMANCIPATION .?

Thesis Supervisor: A/P Tsuto Sakamoto

With the hastening pace of modernisation today, the various ethnic groups in Kenya are facing mounting pressure - to do away with traditions and survive, or uphold their vernacular ways of life and get left behind. Coupled with the deterioration of farmlands, a resultant network of translocality (a rural to urban temporal migration dependent on kinship) emerges, creating a landscape of contestation amongst various tribes, leading to a stratification of power, where the poorest (the translocal women), remain stuck in a cycle of emancipation.

 

Following the thesis of fictionality proposed by Yuval Noah Harari in his book Sapiens - defined as a kind of mythical symbolic entity that aggregated fragmented groups through the pursual of a homogenous identity, thereby spring boarding the cognitive evolution of the species - the thesis posits that fictionality does not lie in mythicism, but materiality, where the technicalities of making, or building, from a singular landscape becomes the embodiment of a unified mindset.

However, the convergence of fictionality through materiality and traditions only emerges as architecture begins to deteriorate. In that sense, as the architecture begins to sink, they begin to be adapted into burial grounds, where traditional funeral rites are granted, in contrast to the mass graves many of such trans local women would end up in on land. The traditional rites in passing represents the translocals eventual liberation, not only in a spiritual sense but from the social relations that had dictated their emancipation in their physical lives.

The Site

Located in the highlands of Kenya, in Lake Naivasha, the first step of moving out to the lake occurs through the usage of traditional baskets created through the weaving of reed grasses that represent a social status of womanhood in Kenya – an art form in abundance. Through the infilling of the baskets with water hyacinth (a waste product as well), they begin to test the buoyancy of the rafts.

Aqua-culture Morphology

As more translocal women begin to be drawn towards the industry, aggregation occurs according to their kinship ties. The thesis proposes 3 main typologies that evolves as water currents drifts the architecture in a circular loop around the bay at Kihoto, for which is based off studies of traditional aggregation of pastoralist tribes.

Aqua-culture Morphology

As more translocal women begin to be drawn towards the industry, aggregation occurs according to their kinship ties. The thesis proposes 3 main typologies that evolves as water currents drifts the architecture in a circular loop around the bay at Kihoto, for which is based off studies of traditional aggregation of pastoralist tribes.

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