The Terrarium

the Paljassaare Chapter

Shezad Dawood imagines the future of a connected Baltic and Kent shoreline in a new, cutting-edge virtual reality work.

The exhibition premieres The Terrarium (2020), a virtual reality experience that takes the viewer 300 years into the future, where 90% of the planet’s surface has become covered by water. Traversing Baltic ecosystems, viewers will meet organisms that have survived or evolved through genetic mutations due to a changed climate.

The terrarium

Leviathan is Shezad Dawood’s major multifaceted project, which raises awareness of the most urgent issues of our time: climate change, migration and mental health. Inaugurated in Venice in May 2017, the project comprises a 10-part film cycle, sculptures, paintings, neon, and virtual reality works. The project is developed by Dawood in dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, philosophers, neurologists and trauma specialists, who contribute to an extensive public programme and research archive, available on (follow the journey on social media: @leviathancycle).

Shezad Dawood, The Terrarium, 2020. VR, duration variable, (featuring parts of Anthropocene Island TAB17 by ecoLogicStudio and excerpts from The Terrarium Inventory by Graham Fitkin) is commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021 and Kai Art Center by UP Projects and is supported by CUPIDO, a project co-funded by the European Union and Arts Council England and Tallinn Culture Department. Courtesy of UBIK Productions.