2011, 2-channel synchronised HD video, stereo or silent, 3:32 loop
Spin (channel 1) looks at how our oceans are being fished out to sate our own desires. Choreographing a desperate and inexplicable duet between a fish and a rusted-out car wreck, it evokes complicity and grace in the face of violence and suffering, by means of the limited decision-making available to the glorious yet doomed live edible species.
Spin (channel 2) explores the exotic nightclub practice of nyotaimori, when fresh food is served on a naked body. It imagines a surreal transposition of the fetishised stripper into the fetishised role of exotic fish. As her clients eat, the woman-platter absorbs the energy of the (dead) fish that adorn her limbs. She comes to life, jolting into consciousness on the edge of a cliff...
Spin is part of a suite of works plotting and re-staging the finite gestural vocabulary of hostesses across a range of genres, periods and cultures.
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Volcana Brainstorm, Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama Japan 2019
UnKnown Theater, Koenji, Tokyo, 2018
VAEFF (Video Art and Experimental Film Festival), Tribeca Film Center, New York 2017
Voyeurism, 107 Projects, Sydney 2016
Beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, UNSW Galleries, Sydney 2015
Fleshed Out, Ariel Booksellers, Sydney 2011
Light and camera: Paul J Warren, Matt Fatches, Elena Knox, Lindsay Webb
Camera assist: Brydie Sheen
Sound: Lindsay Webb
Performance: Lian Loke
Feasters: Matt Fatches, Pete Manwaring, Tia Mavanie, Jo-Ann Shaw, Rully Zakaria
Makeup and hair: Glitta Supanova
Stills: Matt Fatches