Hua Zhang

/ Light Up From Darkness/ A Fish Tank

Scale: 40 x 23 x 25 cm (L x W x H)
Duration: 2’14”
Year: 2022
Material: video, fish tank, computer-generated sound

Mirrored black and white footage taken from seafood markets, showing fishes, prawns or crabs breathing, swimming, or eating. Through fish big eyes, they look at each other and stare at you, curious and anxious. Subsequently, images begin to light up, fishes turn upside-down, suffocating.

The sound is generated by a computer algorithm based on the image brightness, and the video is mapped to a semi-transparent fish tank.

Special thanks to Shuo Zhang for the music generation.