Holy hell, this is like if Doctor Frankenstein joined forces with Busby Berkeley. Artist Lu Yang has built a contraption that allows dead frogs to dance in a grim chorus line, courtesy of a MIDI controller and some well-timed electrical shocks.
This gruesome piece — officially titled Reanimation! Underwater Zombie Frog Ballet! — is part of an exhibition at Beijing's Iberia Center. Explains Yang of this project:
My project "Revived Zombie Frogs Underwater Ballet," originally started from 2009 has been consummated as a video work. This work takes a form of MTV showing dead frog's dance controlled by Midi controller and Midi signal. For the avoidance of cruelty to animals, dead frog bodies originally used in a medical dissection experiment were re-used for this work.
Because of my strong affinity with CONTROL, the control of people and animals, I have been creating my works by using technology and various media. Such a control totally relies on the cerebration of human and they cannot escape from the physiological reality. Yet they use their bodies to create devices so they can break away from these limitations while they are being controlled by their physical form or illness.
Definitely some discomfiting stuff, but considerably less freaky than salting a few dozen frog legs.