ALEXMALISM AKA ALEX YIU

Aqua 非魚,知樂 from Alex Yiu on Vimeo.



This piece was featured in the concert "Audio Visual, Handbell and Live Electronics" of Musicarama 2012, on 12th October. It is presented by the Hong Kong Composers' Guild.



Huizi said, 'You are not a fish; how do you know what constitutes the enjoyment of fishes?'
Zhuangzi rejoined, 'You are not me. How do you know that I do not know what constitutes the enjoyment of fishes?' "Zhuangzi, The Floods of Autumn, 13"



In fact, I am not even sure if the fishes were happy or not. I just know that watching the fishes swimming around really makes me feeling relax, which is really a kind of self-pleasure. And it also recreates what the Chinese taoist philosopher Zhuangzi's (369 BC - 286 BC) feeling toward the fishes in the dam over Hao. When the work was forming, I didn't have such philosophical question in my mind, since I originally want to create the gesture of water though different usage of the camera. Therefore, it is called "Aqua", which is "water" in Latin. Then, I realized that the gestures of the fishes are indeed outline the gesture of water - in a Taoistic sense "Softness". The music in this film carries a crucial part that it embellishes and softens the rhythmicity of the film.