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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.
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