Ananas and The Flatfish
Solo Exhibition at PEER, London November 2020 - January 2021 

 

'Fade' is a water-powered slide projector, made from wood and ceramic combining concepts from early tidal gauges and rudimentary water clock technology with basic principles of gravity and weight transference. Visitors to PEER witness a short performance where a projected image of a seascape is gradually flooded.

 

Fade, 2020, Wood, Ceramic, Stainless Steel, Sanded Mirror Film, Spring, String, 35mm Film & Lenses.

140cm x 64cm x 31cm

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and a Jerwood Bursary.
Inspired by a residency on the Isle of Sheppey, Cementfields/ Whitstable Biennale
Image: Stephen White & Co.

Movements of a Flatfish,...... looped, 2020

Close up of the mechanics of 'Fade'. The opaque shutter is attached to wires hung on a spring. A vessel is attached to the bottom of the wires. It slowly fills with water. The weight of the water gradually pulls the shutter over the inverted image. The image is flipped the right way up by the projector lens, creating the illusion of the seascape flooding.

'Movements of a Flatfish' is a new video piece for PEER. It is looped projection onto one of the large gallery windows, to be viewed from outside. By mechanically feeding a two-dimensional image of a flatfish through rollers the illusion of three-dimensional movement is created. The work is inspired by the early film experiments of the 19th century French scientist Étienne-Jules Marey.

Movements of a Flatfish, 1 Minute, 5 Seconds, Looped, 2020 

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

The title of the exhibition references another kind of exotic novelty, the South American fruit ananas, or pineapple. A staple food throughout South America, it was introduced to Europe in the 17th century and soon became an indicator of status and wealth, and part of the trappings of colonial power well into the 18th century. Bual’s nine bow-activated stringed instruments produce sound when fresh pineapple tops are spun over the strings. The performance by The Pineapple Orchestra was at Bristol’s Colston Hall (now the Bristol Beacon) in November 2018, at a point when the venue was undergoing its name-change. Recent activist events in the city have highlighted the complexities around the civic statuary of individuals who were involved in or engineers of the slave trade. In Bual’s treatment of this subject, she proposes a provocatively playful response, and one that is open to dialogue and discourse.

Ananas and the Flatfish, Peer, London

The Pineapple Project, Peer, London

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