Lukomir is a Bosnian village which is located at 1494 meters above sea level,on the Bjelašnica mountain,making it the highest populated area of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the only settlement permanently settled over the year that is located above 1300 meters above sea level. Stećci (medieval tombstones) originating from the 14th and 15th century exist at the village and suggest that it was inhabited for hundreds of years. Although „stecak“ – old tombstone, can be found in the neighboring countries,Bosnia and Herzegovina have it at most - even 66,000! The homes in the area are made of stone while their roofs are composed of wooden(cherry-wood)tiles. The Rakitnica canyon is located nearby and is said to be the origin of a dragon by local folklore.
Lukomir is the highest altitude and most remote village in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Access to the village is impossible from the first snows in December until late April and sometimes even later, except by skis or on foot.
Lukomir is known for its traditional attire, and the women still wear the hand-knitted costumes that have been worn for centuries. A version of history of present-day Lukomir can trace much of their ancestry to the Podvelezje region of Herzegovina. These semi-nomadic tribes would come to Bjelasnica in the summer months because of the abundance of water. Podvelezje, a dry plateau above Mostar, could not provide the herds with enough water to sustain themselves over the summer months. For reasons not entirely known, many of the villagers from the Podvelezje region eventually made permanent settlements in the canyon and later in the place where it is now located.
There are 50 houses in the village and only about 20 are inhabited. The village has its own graveyard and smaller group of ancient stecci - medieval tombstones (from Medieval Bosnia),as previously said.
This isolation has led to the preservation of the village’s ancient tradition that is reflected in traditional costumes, cooking, and animal husbandry and agriculture.
This project’s direction uses 1980s ' cheesy ' nostalgic aquarium imagery and vibe to explore on Qian Hu’s rich history. These imageries have been given a modern reintepretation and twist , whilst keeping its nostalgia. Cyan, a conventional color for water, was used as the main corporate color to represent Qian Hu’s firm beliefs in tradition and straight-forwardness.
Furry interactive sound installation by Emily Groves plays a chorus of cat sounds as you touch or stroke it - video embedded below:
Mew is an interactive sound piece. As you walk towards the curious and gawkish object, it begins to emit a soft purring sound. If you stroke the fur, it will emit distorted meow sounds that are manipulated by the direction your hand moves. Pushing on the object will also alter the sounds, but pressing too hard will make Mew hiss.
You can find out more background about the project here, and Emily has a Tumblr of her own (blogantenna) here