Qu Shui Liu Shang (Good Vibrations)

Aaron Lish's avatar Aaron Lish

Digitally created slides using audio wave images. The audio files were recordings from Shayouko Village north of Beijing, China, where I asked elderly villagers if they had any happy memories about water that they might share. Many said they did not, often followed by "…because the West River doesn't flow by here anymore." Those who did were invited to tell their stories to the foul smelling, polluted pond outside the village, which is the last remnant of the West River. While the villagers told their stories, the pond created its own self-portrait (see last row of images). I recorded the stories and created visual representations of the happy memories using the audio wave images as reflected skylines. Where sky and water meet is the land, the realm of humans. This project explores how our actions, even our voices, impact the environment around us; but at the same time, the environment impacts us as well. "Qu Shui Liu Shang" was a United Nations "Water for Life" art project.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 8 feet
  • Medium: Digitally created slides
  • Width: 6 feet
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 4 feet