Enter a world where art and science converge and the comfortingly familiar becomes surprisingly foreign. Showcasing animal life from Victoria, Australia, the Nature in the Dark II invited international artists to create artwork inspired by ecological habitat surveys from the Victorian National Parks land and water. Video and photographs originally used by scientists to identify animals and measure population sizes are creatively repurposed into intriguing and entertaining video art by NITD artists. Entering this art/science conversation from different points of view, artists and scientists share the concern of gaining a better understanding of native wild life and the environments around us.
Underwater is a video that is apart of the Nature In The Dark II collection of works. Nature in the Dark is a science/art collaboration between the Victorian National Park Association (VNPA) and the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), La Trobe University, Australia. The NITD project was initiated by artist and curator Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier in 2012
VNPA’s 2014 Nature Conservation Review  states: “Victorian waters are at the confluence of three biographic provinces, so they are more species-rich than most other temperate seas worldwide; nearly 90% of species in marine groups are unique”. And many of them still to be discovered by the human eye. The materials provided by Reef Watch and Parks Victoria are used for a variety of purposes ranging from monitoring of key native species and habitats as well as marine pests to the “ground truthing” of data from remote sensing technologies that are being employed for the creation of habitat maps.