September 23–October 1, 2023

If the herring set the table, who comes for dinner?

The exhibition will be displayed on September 24 and from September 26 to October 1 from 3–9 pm.

Runtime = 15 minutes


GO FISH is a free outdoor installation on three screens in the Aga Khan Park, taking viewers on a visual journey 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, and for a few chaotic days, the Salish Sea is transformed. The spawn attracts a formidable web of fish, sea lions, birds, and the fishing fleet that follows. 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.


The video triptych, directed and produced by Scott Smith and Nettie Wild, is a documentary art installation with immersive sound, enveloping you in the natural wonder of this annual spectacle. Filmed underwater, topside, and from the air, GO FISH creates a kaleidoscope of image and sound, framing the familiar with an unfamiliar frame.


We respectfully acknowledge that GO FISH was filmed on the Unceded Territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land and sea.



About Scott Smith

A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, Scott Smith launched his career in Canada with two award-winning feature films, rollercoaster (2000) and Falling Angels (2003) - and has since developed a broad-based directing career in film and television.


His documentary project As Slow as Possible (2006) re-introduced him to the camera-based work that he began his career with, and the opportunity to return to this early love of photography was what compelled him to join Nettie as co-director and primary cinematographer of GO FISH.


As a part-time resident of Hornby Island, B.C., Scott embraced the opportunity to turn his lens on the natural phenomenon happening every year right outside his front door.


About Nettie Wild

A recipient of this year’s Governor General’s Award in Media Arts, Nettie Wild is recognized as one of Canada’s leading documentary filmmakers. Her production credits include Koneline: Our Land Beautiful (2016), FIX: The Story of an Addicted City (2002), and A Place Called Chiapas (1998). Wild's more recent work embraces digital art installations. She recently directed UNINTERRUPTED, projecting images of wild salmon onto Vancouver’s Cambie bridge. The international art magazine Wallpaper* called UNINTERRUPTED “one of the world’s must-see public art installations of 2017.” In 2021, Nettie directed the conversion of UNINTERRUPTED into virtual reality.



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