Hayden Fowler

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Hayden Fowler – Bio.

Hayden Fowler is a New Zealand born Artist, based in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, as well as an earlier degree in Ecology from the University of Waikato.

Hayden's art practice is an ongoing investigation of the relationships between environment, capitalism and humanity. In particular, his work explores the human spiritual and emotional ramifications of species extinction, degradation of environment, and the loss of relationship to land and ecologies.

His methodology involves the construction of elaborate sets in which he often choreographs human and animal subjects, creating hyper-real video, photographic, installation and performance work from within these fictional spaces.

Fowler’s work is exhibited internationally and his work is held in a number of public and private collections.

Hayden Fowler – Abstract.

Eel Song

 I will be introducing my current project, which explores the accelerating death of the ancient, both environmentally and within contemporary human culture. I am working with the Tuna as a symbol of these contemporary losses, with the intention of bringing an alternative and more transcendent perspective to public environmental discussions.

This project is about the spiritual significance of the Tuna as an ancient creature - one who inhabits and moves between worlds. Whose secret journeys within New Zealand and across the globe, generation after generation across millennia, have woven a song that has become more complex and poignant through time. A song that we can never fully comprehend, but we can feel it and are nourished by its ancientness and its poetry, and are assured by its continuity.

A major aspect of this project is to attempt to articulate and record a manifestation of this eel song. I am especially interested in exploring ways to collaborate to bring Māori voice and perspective to the project, as a way to articulate spiritual relationships with landscape and the animal that are now largely lost from contemporary Western culture and language.

The project has been funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, and the final work will be exhibited at the Adelaide Biennale in early 2018.