The Talking Stick [Vimeo]
Ohad Fishof is an interdisciplinary artist. He began his artistic career in the
mid-eighties as the energetic teenage leader of the pioneering Israeli post-
punk band Nosei Hamigbaat. His subsequent time-based art, ranging from
dance pieces and performance acts (often in collaboration with his partner,
choreographer Noa Zuk) to sound and video installations as well as recorded
and live music, has been presented worldwide.
Fishof performs his music regularly as part of his solo multimedia and dance
works. He also has an improvised music duo with conductor and music curator
Soundtracks aside, ALBUM 1 is Ohad Fishof’s first solo album. Some of the
music on it was originally created in the context of other art projects, and was
then rearranged for inclusion here. Technically electro-acoustic, stylistically
idiomatic and liminal, ALBUM 1 carries a strong sense of narrative and seems
to be taking place somewhere in the fantasy territory of ethnographic fiction.
Its echoes of exotica on one hand, and post-punk on the other, are shaped
into idiosyncratic song forms, fronted by changing voice characters.
“Dancing, playing and listening to music are my main life-practices. These
activities prepare me for my work as an artist. Although artistic ideas are
a mystery — by repeatedly referring us back to the mystery from which they
emerged, they put this mystery at the centre of the art work - many of the
insights I follow as an artist are a direct or an indirect result of my dancing,
playing and listening. This is how I learn about timing, space, dynamics,
texture, layers of experience, different states of being, levels of consciousness,
the nature of creativity, self-invention and beauty.
My work also presents a deeply rooted tendency towards the performative.
This predisposition — possibly shaped in part by studying theatre in high-school
and being profoundly impressed by the combination of avant-garde music and
performance art that gained popularity in the 1980s — places a great significance
on art as a shared experience. The meeting of audience and the art work,
the art event as an encounter, and how it unfolds in time, have always been
central to what I do. It is also embedded in the work itself as a formal interest
in narrative and the structure of stories as a mould for human experience.