Song of the River

2021

Song of the River is a collaborative performance aiming to bridge the perceptive separation between human and nature through art and experimental music. The visual performance of the Song of the River is realised by the water elements embodied by the artist, the flowing river, the fallen snow, and the ink on the canvas. The music of the performance is then being weaved by the movement and interaction of the water encoded in the ecological data and translated into an audible experience. Rather than letting our eyes be taken away by the human performer, the music guides our attention to integrating human and nature where the artist blends into the landscape and the river becomes the artwork.


What does the song of the river sound like ? 

What (her)story does the river tell through the water ? 

What remains in the landscape when glaciers vanishes and rivers change their courses? 

How can we remember the lagacy of the rivers in the changing time of the climate ?


Each river comprises a cluster of tributaries, creeks, and streams, like a symphony of various instruments, creating a harmonious composition of music recalled by nature. The symphony is generative and evolving through planetary and atmospheric movements, amplified by its movements and temperaments.


Rivers are the bloodstreams of the planet that carry water to various places to generate life through small tributaries called the 'headwaters'. These headwaters are like tiny capillaries, continuing to go downhill until they merge into larger tributaries, forming wider rivers and finally meet in the oceans, just like capillaries keep merging until all the blood are transported into larger veins, which delivered the blood to the heart.

Song of the River is an attempt to tell the story of the her-story of Mother Nature through the rivers. Water, the roots of all life, carries the memories of the planet throughout natural history. Climate change, pollutions, agricultural runoff, engineering interventions all threatens our rivers' livelihood, which serves 80% of the world's population, putting biodiversity of 65% of the river habitats, including thousands of aquatic wildlife species, at risk. Healing of the planet shall start in the bloodstreams that carry water throughout the whole planet.