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Nick Spalding
(29 years old. Born in United Kingdom. Lives in: Brighton)
Brighton University

Occasionally I experience things that are almost paradise. When this happens I am so frustrated that this moment will soon be over that I try to capture it by re-packaging it as a token that can be used again. I frame these images for an audience so that I can relate a synthesised version of the emotion that I originally felt to other people. Momentarily transporting them to an apparently “better” place. I would descri ...[more]
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I am thinking about swimming pools as places where one can meet another person upside down, who is under-water, by putting their faces through the layer of rigid “water”and metaphorically diving in to a new world.
Physically I am planning it to take this shape:
There is a rectangular, tank-like box which looks like a domestic 10m swimming pool- but as if the pool had not been sunk down into the ground. It has a ladder up from the floor to the water level at the top. Participants are instructed climb up the ladder and lie face down and look down through the rigid surface of water, as if they were in a glass-bottomed boat. Inside you find a tiered cascade of water, like a waterfall, constructed of several rigid levels holding water, which rain into the tier beneath like clouds in a fake water cycle. The water smells heavily chlorinated and the air is humid like an indoor swimming pool, the theme tune from "Miami Vice" is playing on the pool's music loop.

The audience meet (upside down) a performer dressed as a Merman who says very little (quite firmly), sitting next to where the cascade pools at the bottom. He is loosely based on Narcissus. However, here Carnations examine their reflection in the water, like Narcissuses. These Carnations are made from very fragile plastic, like crepe paper. He baptises the viewer using a Carnation found floating in his pool of chlorinated water and then gently pushes their foreheads back through the top layer of “water”, returning them to the real world.

BBC news interviewed me about my degree show, which probably explains it better than I can...See:
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