Film - CineRebels Competition Filmfest 2023


Directed by Shu Lea Cheang


Director: Shu Lea Cheang
Section: CineRebels Competition
Country: USA
Year: 1993
Language: Without Dialogue
Version: Original version
18+ (no age rating)

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The unifying element in SEX FISH is water: it drips, flows, and splashes, associating a sexualized natural environment with explicit sexual acts. Fleshy fish swim through the video; bodies surrender to lust. As an associative montage of oral sex, cruising in public restrooms, and wet places, this short film also attests to the people whom Shu Lea Cheang knew and collaborated with during her time in New York. “SEX FISH was made with friends and lovers, intimate sexing bodies flowing in a sexing fishy vibe,” says the artist.

Meet the director


Shu Lea Cheang

Shu Lea Cheang is a leading multimedia artist. With her approach at the intersection of film, video, Internet-based installation, software interaction, and durational performance, she is considered a pioneer in Internet-based art. Born in Taiwan in 1954, Cheang earned her bachelor’s degree in history in Taipei in the mid-1970s and subsequently moved to New York City to study Cinema Studiesfilm. Shortly thereafter, she joined Paper Tiger TV, a collective that broadcast live weekly programs on public-access television. Grassroots in nature, the collective sought to revolutionize television by playfully challenging its underlying ideologies in a do-it-yourself approach. Her operating radius has simply adapted to the technological developments and media available at a given time, such as by expanding into the networks of cyberspace in the late 1990s. Her works have been shown at international festivals such as Sundance and the Berlinale, exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the ICC in Tokyo, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and presented at biennials and art shows such as the Documenta in Kassel and the Gwangju Biennale.


Screenplay: Shu Lea Cheang in Kollaboration mit Jane Castle & Ela Troyano
Production Company: Video Data Bank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago