Urban rivers are polluted with a range of pharmaceutical and illegal drugs - scientists have detected trace amounts of everything from prozac to cocaine, which pass through our bodies and into the water system.
This project imagines a system for retrieving cocaine from urban waterways using a food-chain of genetically modified organisms. The drug builds up in the bodies of algae, plankton and then carp, before being removed from the fish via their eggs. This ‘white caviar’ is harvested by local fishermen, who receive payment for discreetly collecting the carps’ eggs before returning them to the water.
White Carp film
A 100-Mile Conversation