Deep Time Fable

Master Project
Jan.-May 2021
Illustration & Animation by Hsin-Yi Wang
Sound Design by Hsin Shyu

A rumour spreads in the city of Edinburgh: "The volcano is going to erupt," first said the unknown. As time goes by, the volcano is extinct, the landscape has changed, but the rumour has never stopped among birds from the past to the future.    


This is a deep-time journey across different times and spaces in the city of Edinburgh, showing the three hundred million years landscape's story with birds' whispers.

The fable is based on my previous video works ‘A Different Time,’ which is a research journey into geologic time in the landscape of Edinburgh. The video stories in my previous work are now rearranged and reconnected as a single fable. It starts with a rumour among birds about volcano eruption, which hasn't really happened in the past 340 million years since the volcanoes in Edinburgh are already extinct, and then flows with birds from the Union Canal to the North Sea. Along with the bird's movement, I aim to encourage and entice the audience to travel back to a time when the landscape had barely any human trace and to reflect on our current environment. This project displays two different mediums - illustration and animation. Both mediums follow the same storyline but develop into a combined distinct narrative. The illustration shows an overlapping timescape, while the animation unfolds the process of temporal change.