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DOUG FISHBONE
Doug Fishbone recycles the language of the mass media in order to critique some of the more
unseemly aspects of life in the modern age. Appropriating photographic and digital imagery
from the internet, he constructs witty and occasionally shocking film narratives from apparently
unrelated material, questioning the way the mind processes controversial visual images and
concepts.

Fishbone works in a variety of media including installation, film, and performance. In recent
films he has utilised the televisual tool of the voice over, constructing stream of consciousness
narratives that blend word and image in unexpected and often uneasy combinations. Fishbone’
s films recalling slide shows or school lectures focus on such themes as corporate greed and
violence, obesity, indifference, and the seeming inability of different cultures to understand
each other at all. But despite the apparent seriousness of his subject matter, Fishbone’s work is
infused with humour.

Co-opting the strategies of stand-up comedians in his performances, he disarms his audience:
racist or sexist jokes are told with a deadpan manner so that you laugh, even when you know
you shouldn’t.

In more recent works, Fishbone has expanded upon his interest in stand up-comedy,
investigating the operation of humour from a number of different perspectives and media. In
his current series of digital prints he depicts individual jokes in a story-board format that adds a
visual component to what is usually a strictly verbal process, subverting the rhythm with which
jokes normally function. He is particularly interested in the operation of jokes as commodified
pieces of language and thought.

Doug Fishbone completed his MA at Goldsmiths College in 2003, and was awarded the Beck’s
Futures Student Prize for Film and Video in 2004.  He has installed giant mounds of bananas
in numerous public spaces, including Trafalgar Square, as a comment on international trade
and consumerism.  His work was included in the British Art Show 6, which toured England in
the past year.
EDUCATION

Goldsmiths College, University of London. MA in Fine Art. September, 2003.
Associate Research, 2004.

Amherst College, Amherst, MA. B.A. in Music, 1991.  Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS, PROJECTS  AND INSTALLATIONS

Gimpel Fils, London, UK, Project Space, Solo Project, Oct-Nov 2006
Freight&Volume Gallery, New York, USA, Project Space, May-June 2006
Joe’s Pub, NY Public Theater, NY, USA, Live Performance, May 2006
Beacon Project, Lincolnshire, UK, Live Performance Series, Oct – Nov 2005
Trafalgar Square, 30,000 Bananas, London, UK, October 2004
d.u.m.b.o. Art Under the Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, NY, October 2002
Festival Interakcje 2001, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland, May 2001
National Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica, November 2000
Galeria Madeleine Hollaender, Guayaquil, Ecuador, May 2000
Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador, August 1999
Alliance Francaise, Quito, Ecuador, March - April 99
Casa de la Cultura, Cuenca, Ecuador, July 1998
Brainard Gallery, New York, NY, February 1998

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming

Freud Museum, London, UK, “Paranoia” – Touring, Jan-Feb 2007
Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany, “100 Days”, Dec-Jan 06-07
Flowers Central, London, UK, “Small is Beautiful”, Dec-Jan 06-07

Current and Previous

Highbury Studios, London, UK, “Saudade”, Nov – Dec 06
Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK “Paranoia” – Touring, Nov – Dec 2006
E:vent  Gallery, London, UK, “Grounded”, Oct-Nov 2006
British Art Show 6, UK, A Bond, Bristol and Travelling, Sep 05-06
Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany, “Happy Believers”, September 06
Nicolela’s Place, Sao Paulo, Brazil, “Marte e Aqui”, August 2006
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK, “Paranoia”, exhibition travels, July – Aug 2006
Mediaforum, Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia, June 2006
The Great Unsigned, Chapman Arts, Lon, UK, “Right-on Write-off”, June – July 06
Moscow Center of Arts, Moscow, RU “The Territory of Freedom”,   May – June 06
FRAC/PACA, Marseille, France, “Action”, May – June 06
Gastspiel Wien, Kunsterhaus Kino, Vienna, Austria, “Time Pop 2006”, April 06
Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK, “Animation Videotheque”, March – April 06
French Institute, Cine Lumiere, London, UK, “Interval(2)”, March 06
Platform Garanti Center, Istanbul, Turkey, “Sex and Sadness”, Feb – March 06
Liquidacion Total, Madrid, Spain, “Spain in Pain”, Feb – March 06
Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK, “Insomnia” Screening, Jan 2006
Witte de With, Rotterdam, Rott. Film Festival, Exploding Television, Jan-Feb 2006
Apartamento Privado, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Paris E Aqui, January 2006
Zero Gallery, Milan, Italy, “Jaybird”, Nov - Dec 2005
SGG, Geneva, Switzerland, 11th Biennial of Moving Images, November 2005
Kassel Documentary and Film Festival, Kassel, Germany, November 2005
Espai Ubu, Barcelona, Spain, “Video London” Off-Loop Festival, November 2005
Zoo Art Fair, London Zoo, London, UK, October 2005
Man in the Holocene, Fortescue Ave, Lon, UK “You Only Live Twice”, Sep – Oct 05
Media Art Friesland Festival, Friesland, Netherlands, “Video Salon”, Sep – Oct 05
Tank TV, London, UK, “Tourism”, On-line Exhibition, Sep 2005
DOM and Cinefantom, Moscow, Russia, “Pop Off the Top”, Sep 2005
Beacon Project, Ashby de le Launde Town Hall, Lincolnshire, UK, Sep – Oct 2005
Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria, “Go-Between”, Jul-Sep 2005
EAST  International, Norwich SAD, Norwich, UK, July-August 05
Clerkenwell Film and Video Festival, London, UK, July 2005
Centro Cultural Telemar, Rio, Brazil, “prog:me/Conspiracy”, July –Sep 2005
Process Space Festival, Balchik, Bulgaria, June 2005
Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK, “Time Pop”, June 2005
mullerdechiara, Berlin, Germany, Three-person exhibition, May-July 2005
SP Arte Art Fair, Bienal Pavilion, Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2005
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany, April 2005
County Hall Gallery, London, UK, “Bloc” curated by Bowieart, March-May 2005
DIVA Art Fair, Embassy Suites Hotel, New York City, USA, February 2005
Kunstburo, Vienna, Austria, “Save the Day”, March 2005
ICA, London, UK, “Public Art: Reframing the Streets”, March 2005
Glashaus, Berlin, Germany, OFF POP Vision Festival, Feb 2005
Program, London, UK, Two-person Exhibition, Jan-Feb 2005
Happy Sailor Tattoo Parlor, London, UK, “Chaim Soutine, ”Dec-Jan 2004/5
Sticthing Lazy Marie, Utrecht, Netherlands, December 2004
Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands, November 2004
Off Loop, Barcelona, Spain, November 2004
House Gallery, London, UK, “Yesvember”, November 2004
Zoo Art Fair – London Zoo, London, UK, October 2004
Redux, London, UK, “Centrefold-So You’re Afraid of What?”, October 2004
P.I.T./Projects in Transit, Brooklyn, NY, “Sunset Beach”, Sep 2004
mullerdechiara, Berlin, Germ, “The Ludovico Treatment”, Sep-Oct 2004
ICA, London, UK, “copy-art.net”, Sep-Oct 2004
Kabaret’s Prophecy, London, UK, “Y-3 / Young 3”, Sep 2004
Man in the Holocene, London, “Trailer”,  Sep-Oct 2004
Portobello Film Festival, London, UK, Bowieart Screening, August 2004
Man in the Holocene/Curzon Soho, London, “Trailer” Screening,  August 2004
Goldsmiths College, London, UK, Postgraduate Degree Show, July 2004
Tower Bridge Business Complex, London, UK, “Cinderella”, July 2004
Lonfest Film Festival, London, UK, July 2004
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, Open Screening, July 2004
Beck’s Futures Student Award Shortlist Exhibition, CCA, Glasgow, June–July 2004
Montevideo, Amsterdam, Netherlands, “50% Beeld”, June 2004
Camberwell Leisure Center, London, UK, “Ten Things About Me, ”June 2004
Ritzy Cinema/Cafe, Brixton, London, UK, “The Plot Thickens”, June 2004
Arch Gallery, London, UK, “Sneeze”, June - July 2004
Cinematiek, Utrecht, Netherlands, June 2004
Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK, “Time Pop”, May 2004
Scope Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA, “Revival - Keeping Video Alive”, May 2004
Beck’s Futures Student Award Shortlist Exhibition, ICA, London, April 2004
Scope Art Fair, New York, USA, “Revival - Keeping Video Alive”, March 2004
Scope Art Fair, Miami, USA, “Revival – Keeping Video Alive”, December 2003
Century Gallery, London, UK, “Reduced”, Dec 03 – Jan 04
36 Marshall Street, London, UK, “Splendid”, December 2003
Arch Gallery, London, UK, Holiday Show, December 2003
Deluxe Gallery, London, UK, Holiday Show, December 2003
UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, “Wight Biennial”, Oct – Nov 2003
291 Gallery, London, UK, “F-ilm F-est”, October 2003
Century Gallery, London, UK, “Headland”, July – August 03
Scope Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA, “Revival – Keeping Video Alive”, July 2003
Spitalfields Market, London, UK, “Bootleg” July 2003
Goldsmiths College, London, UK, MA Degree Show, July 2003
Columbia University, New York, USA,  “Art Against War”, June – July 03 Arch Gallery, London, UK, “Made in UK”, May – June 03
Untitled Space, New Haven, CT, “Proper Villains”, September 02
Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, “Ground Zero”, July 2002
Octagon, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, June 2001
Casa de la Cultura, Cuenca, Ecuador, “En la Palma de la Mano”, April – May 2001
Theater for the New City, New York, NY, “Counting Coup”, March – April 01
Scott Pfaffman Gallery, New York, NY, “Undo”, Jan – Feb 2001

COLLECTIONS  


Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art, Cuenca, Ecuador
Alliance Francaise, Quito, Ecuador
Miracle House, New York, NY

Works represented in private collections in the US, UK, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Barbados, and Ecuador.

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED

Arena Magazine X Club Award, London, UK, 2005
* Becks’ Futures Student Film and Video Award, FIRST PRIZE,  2004
Hattie M. Strong Foundation Grants, Washington, DC, 2001 and 2002
USIS Fund  for Artists Grant, US Embassy, Quito, Ecuador,  March 99

ARTIST TALKS

Slade School  of Art, UCL, London, UK, November 2006
Nottingham Trent University, UK, British Art Show Symposium, April 2006
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK British Art Show Symposium, March 2006
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, February 2006
York College, York, UK, November 2005
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK,    November 2005
University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK, October 2005
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Art & Money Panel Disc., Aug 2005
ICA, London, UK, Becks’ Futures Student Film/Video Prize Conference, April 2005
Reading University, Reading, UK, February 2005
Tate Modern, London, UK, “Art and Food”, Raw Canvas Program, December 2004

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

Fundacion  Paul Rivet, Cuenca, Ecuador, March – June 98  

SELECTED  INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Contemporary, UK, (Issue 85, September 2006/Special Issue on Conceptual Art)
Time Out London, UK, (November 8 – 15, 2006)
The Guardian Guide, UK, (November 4 – 11, 2006)
Metro, UK, October 17, 2006
Artforum, USA, (December 2004 – Best of 2004 Issue) – *** Voted best project of 2004 by artist Wim Delvoye
Art Monthly, UK, (Issue Number 299, September 2006)
A-N, UK, (September 2006)
Jewish Chronicle, UK, (Number 7163, August 4, 2006)
Art Review, UK, (March 2006, Volume LXII)
Flash Art, Italy, (Volume XXXIX, Number 246, January-February 2006)
The Guardian, UK, Guardian Weekend Magazine Q and A Interview, (Oct 15, 2005)
The Observer, UK, (October 9, 2005)
Tank, UK, (Volume 4, Issue 3, October 2005)
The Guardian Guide, UK, (September 10 – 16, 2005)
Art Review, UK, (Volume LVIII, November 2005)
Art Monthly, UK, (Issue 291, November 2005)
Modern Painters, UK, (November 2005)
Art Monthly, UK, (Issue 290, October 2005)
Arena Magazine, UK, (Issue 162, September 2005)
The Daily Mail, UK, (June 10, 2005)
The Daily Telegraph, UK, (July 2, 2005)
The Independent, UK, (June 6, 2005)
Modern Painters, UK, (June 2005)
Jewish Chronicle, UK, (Number 7090, March 11, 2005)
Art Monthly, UK, (Number 285, April 2005)
Frieze, UK, (Issue 88, January-February 2005)
The Evening Standard, UK, (March 11, 2005)
The Evening Standard, UK, (March 8, 2005)
Standard Lite, UK, (March 9, 2005)
New York Arts Magazine, USA, (Volume 10, Number 1/2, Jan/Feb 2005)
Domus, Italy, (Issue 876, December 2004)
Arena Magazine, UK, (Issue 154, January 2005)
EXIT Magazine, UK, (Issue 9, Autumn/Winter 2004)
Art Review, UK, (Issue LIV, November 2004)
Metro, London, UK, (October 6, 2004) – FRONT PAGE
The Evening Standard, UK, (October 5, 2004)
The Independent, UK, (Issue Number 5607, October 6, 2004)
The Guardian, UK, (October 6, 2004)  
The Guardian Guide, UK, (October 9 – October 15, 2004)
Hello! Magazine, UK, (Issue Number 839, October 26, 2004)
Der Spiegel, Germany, (Issue Number 42, October 11, 2004)
The Big Issue, UK, (Issue Number 610, September 27 – October 3, 2004)
The Daily Star, UK, (October 6, 2004)
Time Out London  (Issue Number 1780, September 29 – October 6, 2004)
New Statesman, UK, (Volume 17, Issue 826, September 27, 2004)
Time Out London  (Issue Number 1773, August 11-18, 2004)
Time Out London  (Issue Number 1770, July 21-28, 2004)
Arena Magazine, UK (Issue Number 149, August 2004)
Blueprint Magazine, UK, (Issue Number 220, June 2004)
A-N Magazine, UK, (June 2004) and (February 2001)
The Independent on Sunday, UK, (May 23, 2004)
The Observer Magazine, Sunday Observer, UK, (May 16, 2004)
Evening  Standard, UK, (April 22, 2004)
The Independent, UK, (April 28, 2004)
Portrait, USA, (Issue Number 2, November 2003) - COVER PHOTO
Wegway, Canada, (Issue Number 5, Spring 2003) - COVER PHOTO
The New York Times, USA, (Thursday, October 24, 2002)
The New York Times Book Review, USA, (August 18, 2002)
The New Yorker, USA, “Talk of the Town”, (November 4, 2002)
New  York Magazine, USA, (October 20, 2003, Volume 36, Number 36)
Tema Celeste, Italy (Jan/Feb 2003, Number 95) and (Summer 2001, Number 86)
Kunstforum International, Germany, (Issue 163, January/February 2003)
art, Das Kunstmagazin, Germany, (Issue Number 1, January 2003)
Art Journal, USA, (Summer 2002, Volume 61, Number 2)
New York Newsday, USA, (Thursday, October 17, 2002)
Gastronomica, USA, (Summer 2002, Volume 2, Number 3)
L’Art Aujourd’hui, France, November 15-21, 2002, Volume Number 10)
USA Today, USA, (April 5, 2002)
US News and World Report, USA, (April 22, 2002, Volume 132, Number 13)
Hopscotch, (Volume 2/4, July 2001)
Terra Incognita, USA/Spain, (2002/2003 Issue Number 3)
Juxtapoz, USA, (Issue 43, March/April 2003) and (Issue 31, March/April) 2001)
NY Arts Magazine, USA, (November 2002, Volume 7, Number 11)
Queens Courier, USA. (October 1-7, 2003, Volume 16, Number 41)
Cultural Survival Quarterly, USA (Summer 2001, Volume 25, Issue 2)
Espace, Canada (Fall 2001, Issue 57)
A Magazine, Italy, (Issue 31/5 June 2001)
Public Art Review, USA, (Volume 12, Number 2, Spring-Summer 2001)
New Internationalist, Canada, (Number 332, March 2001)
Art Nexus, Colombia (Feb-Apr 2001, Number 39)
New York Press, USA, (May 3-9, 2000, Volume 13, Number 18)
Civilization Magazine, USA, Magazine of the Library of Congress, (Oct/Nov 2000)
Hephaistos International Zeitschrift fur Metallgestalter, Germany, (Vol. 1/2, 1999)
The Tico Times, San Jose, Costa Rica, (Dec. 1, 2000) and (Nov. 17, 2000)
La Nacion, San Jose, Costa Rica, (Nov. 17, 2000)
Al Dia, San Jose, Costa Rica, (Nov. 17, 2000)
El Heraldo, San Jose, Costa Rica, (Nov. 18, 2000)
Hoy, Quito, Ecuador, (May 7, 2000); (May 5, 2000); (Aug. 27, 1999); (Mar. 26, 1999); (Mar. 25, 1999); (Mar. 23, 1999) and (Mar. 11, 1999)
El Comercio, Quito, Ecuador, (Apr. 4, 1999); (Mar. 14, 1999); (Mar. 13, 1999); (Mar. 10, 1999) and (Jul. 21, 1998)
De Primera Magazine, Quito, Ecuador, (Volume III/34, Mar. 1999)
Universo, Guayaquil, Ecuador, (May 22, 2000); (May 4, 2000) and (Apr.12, 1999)
Expreso, Guayaquil, Ecuador, (May 4, 2000) and (May 3, 2000)
Meridiano, Guayaquil, Ecuador, (May 6, 2000)
El Telegrafo, Guayaquil, Ecuador, (May 3, 2000)
El Tiempo, Cuenca, Ecuador, (Aug. 30, 1999); (Aug. 27, 1999); (Aug. 26, 1999);
(Aug. 23, 1999); (Nov. 5, 1998); (Jul. 14, 1998); (Jun. 17, 1998)
El Mercurio, Cuenca, Ecuador, (Aug. 28, 1999); (Aug. 27, 1999); (Aug. 25, 1999);
(Jul. 14, 1998) and (Jun. 15, 1998)

BOOKS

Transmission: Speaking and Listening Volume 5 edited by Sharon Kivland, Jasper Joseph-Lester and Emma Cocker (Site Gallery, UK, 2006)

The Banana Sculptor, The Purple Lady and the All-Night Swimmer by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Susan Sheehan, (Simon and Schuster, USA, April 2002)

Bananen/Bananas (Scheufele Kommunikationsagentur Gmbh, Germany, 2001)

RADIO APPEARANCES

BBC Radio Four, London, “Front Row with Mark Lawson” (October 5, 2004)
BBC Radio, Kent, UK “Saturday Carry-On” (June 5, 2004)
KLCAC-AM, Los Angeles, “The Michael Jackson Show” (Tuesday, April 16, 2002)
WNYC, National Public Radio, New York, “New York and Company with Leonard Lopate” (Tuesday, April 9, 2002)

TV APPEARANCES

BBC One, London, UK, “Test the Nation” (May 28, 2005)
ITV, London, UK, “London Tonight” (March 12, 2005)
Channel 4, London, “News at Noon with Krishnan Guru-Murthy” (Oct 5, 2004)
CNN International, various countries (October 5, 2004)
ABC-TV News, USA, (October 5, 2004)