Close-up on a human eye

Suki Chan, Lucida, still from video. © Suki Chan. Image courtesy of artist.

Suki Chan, Lucida

Year: 2016
Medium: 3 channel interactive HD video installation
Dimensions: Variable
Brief biography: b. 1977, Hong Kong. Lives and works in London.


Commissioned by the University of Salford Art Collection with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in partnership with the Centre for the Study of the Sense, University of London and Tintype.

Supported by the Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award and Arts Council England.

Suki Chan is a moving image and installation artist. Her practice combines light, the moving image and sound to explore our physical and psychological experience of time and space. Using meticulously crafted processes and by abstracting familiar materials and objects, Chan creates uncanny narratives that probe the boundaries between private and public space.

Weaving together extraordinary images, bio-medical research and individual testimonies, Lucida exposes the curious and complex relationship between the human eye, the brain and vision.

Viewers are invited to use eye-tracking technology to reveal their own rapid eye movements – something we are normally unaware of. The multi-screen installation will reveal how visual information is modified and processed by the eye and the brain in real time. Lucida is a visceral, visual journey in which Chan’s camera is constantly on the move, restlessly travelling through spaces that lead us, like a thread through a maze, into the heart of her subject. Partially filmed in the University of London’s Senate House, the fluid tracking shots through library spaces and boiler rooms suggest a visual analogy for the interior structures of our eyes and brains.

Lucida premiered at Tintype Gallery  in September 2016 and exhibited at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in January 2017.

Chan’s recent exhibitions include the Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2016), Videotage at Art Basel Hong Kong (2016), Asia House London (2015) and Bhau Daji Museum, Mumbai, India (2014).