|Disillusion of a Fish Pond|
Air structure/mixed-media event
Shown at: This is no Thing - This is a Situation of Opportunity, 26th Kingly Street Gallery, London, UK, 1967.
Disillusion of a Fish Pond was one of three performances during the exhibition This is no Thing - This is a Situation of Opportunity at the Kingly Street Gallery in London.
In this work a naked woman swathed in bandages of cotton-wool was sitting at the edge of a large indoor fish-pond. Her feet were embedded in thick yellow gelatine which filled the pond. The film Continuous Sound and Image Moments (1966) was projected down onto the surface of the jelly. Polythene tubing laid on the floor of the pond was slowly inflated with air and smoke, causing the jelly to lift and crack open. A masked figure burst white balloons that splashed bright yellow liquid over the seated woman. The tubing continued to inflate up out of the pond, pushing itself into the audience, who then dragged the jelly-covered plastic all around the room. When punctured by rough handling, the tubing released jets of white smoke that in turn created another medium for the ongoing film projection.