Luft Gesheft (2019)
Luft Gesheft is Fishbone's first major new live work in several years, and his longest performance piece to date. Looking at everything from Pablo Escobar's hippopotamuses, Polynesians taking vacations in Hull, to Richard Nixon and the Gold Standard, the piece is a comic slide-show lecture illustrated with hundreds of images downloaded from the internet. Fishbone has developed an innovative form of story-telling that sits at the crossroads between high and low art, leading one critic to describe him as a 'stand-up conceptual artist'.
The work presents a form of visual rhetoric that uses strategies of advertising and propaganda to explore the often dubious relationship between image and text, and some of the more problematic aspects of contemporary Western life, particularly the absurdities of our financial system and our twisted relationship to the environment.