projects and works

Networked Play

Networked Play explores the intersection of collective behaviour in living systems, network topologies, and philosophical inquiries. In its initial form, it presents a video, a vinyl map, and an online game, whose narrative centres around the task of guiding brine shrimp (a.k.a. Artemia) to mix in the ocean, bringing up a reflection about our individual […]

Plug-in Habitat

Plug-in Habitat is named after the famous ‘Plug-in City’ (1963-66) by the neo-futuristic architectural group Archigram. ‘What happens if the whole urban environment could be programmed and structured for change?’ was the architect Peter Cook’s driving question. This notion of an architecture that adapts to change—present in their vision of a mutable city orchestrated by prefab […]

The anti-genealogy of particles

‘Always look for the molecular, or even submolecular, particle with which we are allied. We evolve and die more from our polymorphous and rhizomatic flus than from hereditary diseases, or diseases that have their own line of descent. The rhizome is an anti-genealogy.’ Gilles Deleuze. ‘A Thousand Plateaus.’ I am interested in the trivial yet […]

detail of the work

The nonlinear patterns of a superorganism

The nonlinear patterns of a superorganism consists of an ant farm built with a gel that is a complete food source for the ants and was developed based on NASA’s studies of how ants can dig in microgravity. The work addresses the entangled paths of the network structure built by the ants as a superorganism […]

Game of Swarms

Game of Swarms explores how living organisms work together without central control to adapt to changing conditions. Drawing on theories about self-organisation and swarm intelligence—common in the collective behaviour of decentralised systems, whether natural or artificial—, my artwork materialises into an audio-visual piece and a cooperative game that guides its participants towards new forms of […]

Hair, heir: dynamics of self-destruction

A hair is not just a hair.  A hair—that you lose everyday—contains part of your self, and it can be detached from you easily. It can be spread over the globe. It can give your identity to a curious stranger. It can chart part of your parental relations.

I travel because I have to, I come back because I love you

I travel because I have to, I come back because I love youis the appropriation of a Brazilian film’s title, in which a geologist is sent to carry out a field research during which he will cross the northeastern Brazilian backlands. The first impression of this type of place, the “Sertão”, is aridity and isolation.

A project for people I don’t know

As a response to the questions posed by PROJECT_16, and putting in parallel these two realities of the city, Paula Nishijima proposes A project for people I don’t know. Composed of a two-day happening in São Paulo and a film, this work is the outcome of a two-year research project initiated with the Goethe Institut of Brazil and developed through the collaboration with PROJECT_16’s curators.

Manju Fuji

Manju Fuji


Series of prints in cyanotype and Van Dyck process. 21 x 15 cm.