FISHDANCE! celebrates the closing moments of our 125th anniversary year, looking homewards, to the community in which the Swan and the Museum live.
The Bowes Silver Swan is the icon of the Museum. In spring 2017, the Swan went to The Science Museum London to play headline act in its blockbusting Robots exhibition.
How do we bring the Swan to the community? This event will reflect the stewardship of the town’s institutions, remind us that we are stronger together as a community and that communication is critical. The project will also generate space for communal reflection, peace and personal reflection as one another’s neighbours.
Using the silver fish of the Swan Automaton as a metaphor for community, dozens of participants, following their schooling instinct as fish will swim their dance up from the river, growing in number; coalescing as a single community, united in direction and motion around a powerful, emblematic, dynamic sculpture; the contra-rotating shafts of water and light forming the focus for this building wave of energy.
What draws the fishes from their waters towards the light? The music of mother Swan, heard but not seen. Dissonant and mechanical at first, broken and interrupted, disjointed, slowly becoming more coherent. Culmunating in a single motion and point of sound. Dead silence for a minute, a moment of reflection in a busy word then dissipation; a return to normality.
The event will have a film, photography and poetry legacy, available on-line for free.