The Conceptual Argument for China’s Big Business in Fake Art
Doug Fishbone often uses satire and humour within his film, performance and installation works to examine consumer culture and the mass media in a critical and disarming way. Recent work investigates a range of questions about art and the relativity of perception whilst examining ideas of representation and asking how reception differs depending on context and channels of reception. Untitled (Hypno-Project) is a two screen video installation in which Fishbone extends the viewing processes in his earlier work by focusing on the reaction of viewers to one of his videos which ransacks Google Image Search to illustrate and undermine his arresting, repulsive and undeniably amusing monologues on contemporary media and our cultural, social and political (sub)life. Twelve protagonists watch the video in real-time, for the first time, in an altered state of consciousness. All have been hypnotized. The installation question the way information is processed and presented in the contemporary visual landscape, and undermine the relationship between audience, meaning and context.
Doug Fishbone is a self-identified satirist whose performances and films influenced by stand-up comedy are sharply critical of mass media, global politics, and social plights. Fishbone explains that the “jokes all reflect the broader themes of cultural misunderstanding and the relativity between different world views.” He appropriates images from the internet and popular culture as part of his work, and has designed a logo for himself as an ironic placeholder for an artist’s signature. Fishbone became famous for his notorious public installation in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2004, in which the artist left 30,000 ripe bananas on the ground to be consumed by passers-by. He also garnered international attention for his collaborative film Elmina, created with a film team from Ghana.
English , b. 1969