GO FISH swims to Aga Khan at Nuit Blanche

This fall, the three-screen video installation by Scott Smith and Nettie Wild, GO FISH, traveled to the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto for the Nuit Blanche festival. Comox Valley Arts presented GO FISH on Denman and Hornby Islands over the summer of 2023, bringing over 2000 people to the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park and the Denman Island United Church to experience the spectacle.

GO FISH takes viewers inside the annual herring migration — when hundreds of millions of herring return to the Salish Sea. Their spawn paints a milky turquoise collar along its shores. For a few chaotic days, the Salish Sea is transformed. GO FISH captures the patterns of this mayhem as the herring “set the table,” and we discover the extraordinary cast of wildlife and humans who come to dinner.

GO FISH’s world premier happened at the Comox Valley Art Gallery in February 2023, and since has traveled to Qathet, Denman Island, Hornby Island and Toronto. It is an exciting project to watch as it continues to awe spectators.

GO FISH installed at the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park, summer 2023. Photo credit: Scott Smith.