Salmon: A Red Herring
Cooking Sections

Performative Installation, 3.1 sound, 23 mins, 2020
First chapter of the trilogy When [Salmon Salmon Salmon]]
Sound by Richy Carey

Salmon: A Red Herring questions what colours we expect in our ‘natural’ environment. It asks us to examine how our perception of colour is changing as much as we are changing the planet.

Salmon is the colour of a wild fish that is neither wild, nor fish, nor even salmon. But they are not alone. The changing colours of species around the planet are warning signs of an environmental crisis. Many of these alterations result from humans and animals ingesting and absorbing synthetic substances. Changes in flesh, scales, feathers, skin, leaves, or wings give us clues to environmental and metabolic transformations around us and inside us. 

Alon and Daniel provided the script for the performance, and I worked with them to record the dialogue remotely, before creating the soundscape and advising on the installation. 

Salmon: A Red Herring was first exhibited at Art Now, Tate Britain