Fish Interlude

Previously shown at Grove Collective, Battersea, 10th March - 9th April

FISH INTERLUDE ARTIST STATEMENT


In 2020, I began to see myself as a machine; thinking of my ideas as a
production line within the factory of my body and setting my work out in
Phases of Production. ‘Fish Interlude’ is a sequel to ‘PHASE 1’, an
installation first exhibited at The Slade School of Art in 2020. ‘PHASE 1’
follows a group of suits as they make their way through a vast landscape
to the big city.


“Sublime vast Yorkshire landscapes, microorganisms multiplying, bodies
moving as one entity to the shape of the green hills; the curvature
mimicking the human figure. A constant exchange of energy through
space, thoughts, and all living things.


This is a journey of energy and the existence of time. Transport becomes
a place of timelessness; a place where past, present, and future can exist
on the same plane.


(Our traditional sense of time is on a timeline and moves forward but the
the brain thinks back and forward and back again; I go out to drink a coffee
and remember my first coffee whilst imagining a story where a character
drinks coffee in the future.)


The city is a factory, bodies work like machines, and movements become
routines. Everything in time repeats itself; reshaping and reforming. I’m
reminded of past memories at every word of fiction. A journey of
becoming.”


The fish is symbolic of movement, labour, and industry. In the past, the
waterways and train lines were both used to connect cities and as a way
to transport goods. The movement of fish across rivers felt parallel to my
movements back and forth on the railway from North to South. The fish
also brings back childhood memories of going to the trout farm or playing
with the plastic fish my Grandad gave me that would sing Elvis on
command. 


‘Fish Interlude’ acts as a breath before ‘PHASE 2’ begins; a moment for
the fish to have their time in the limelight.


Naturally, a conversation formed between 3 Fish; a conversation
of rhythm, nature, and bodies, an exploration of existence, time, and
Spotify algorithms.


It wasn't until my teens that I discovered there was more than just pop
music and the Top 40 UK charts. I’d search endless hours on Wikipedia
going through different genres obsessing over 50’s rock and roll, neo-soul,
and Riot Grrrls. Songs began to signify moments of my own history.
Whilst writing the script I was working every night as an usher on
Saturday Night Fever. My days were filled with research and learning how
to wire electronics and my evenings were filled with a room of dreams, desires,
and disco. I began reading a book that's been on my reading list for a
while, Songs in the factory: Pop music, Culture, and Resistance. In a
strange twist of fate, a full chapter is dedicated to Saturday Night Fever
and the culture of ‘Stayin’ Alive'. It reminded me that the more you notice
in the world, the more these networks of energy and time begin to connect
and be in sync with each other.


The music provides freedom for the fish similar to that of factory workers
who used radios as means of escape from the repetitive labour. Music
forms a reflection of rhythms and histories. Their robotic elements are a
constant reminder that everything is constructed and structured and a
mere program of time.


A journey of feeling, memories, getting lost and found again.