Dolphins, Ships & Other Vessels

Bamboat | Mitchell


Video (English; 21 minutes)




Inanimates in Exile

Dolphins, ships and other vessels is a polyvocal narrative that spans bodies of water. Stretching from Te Moana-o-Raukawa, to the South China Sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Clyde and Kaniatarowanenneh Rivers, the narrative traces the disappearance and reappearance of a dolphin, the reincarnations of ships, and the embodiments of Jinn—as vessels, mammals, water, myth, and law.

With performances by Sukaina Kubba & Faraz Anoushahpour. Sound Design by Richy Carey

A black and white photograph of a harbour. There is a river in the centre surrounded by buildings and dark shadows. The reflections of buildings can be seen in the water. The sky overhead is cloudy. The photo is somewhat off centre, so the horizon line tilts down to the left. White poetic text in the bottom left corner reads “I exist in four dimensions / Molecules scattering between elements / depth / width / length / and time.”


This work was commissioned by the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle in March 2021. The artists would like to thank Nina Bozicnik, Mita Mahato & Ian Siporin at the Henry Art Gallery, and Oliver Husain for technical support.