Mayfly was created for outdoor music and arts festival campsites, because why should the crazy fun stop when you leave the stages to go to bed?
Mayfly explores the hidden potential in people and situations. By creating a surprising and mysterious sound and light show inside an ordinary 2 person dome tent, Mayfly gently suggests that things aren’t always what they appear to be.
Mayfly is based on the life cycle of a real mayfly, an insect known for
its short life span.
The adult mayfly lives for as little as five minutes during which it must eat, mate and lay its eggs in the river. The dead or dying adult lays on the water’s surface with its wings spread.
The connection between the fleeting lifetime of the mayfly and the temporary nature of festival campsites was the inspiration for making the work.
The making of Mayfly was funded by Arts Council England. The presentation of Mayfly at Upstaging Nature (2007) was commissioned by Lookoutpost and the London Wildlife Trust.
“I thought it was fantastic, I really liked the whole concept. It looked beautiful and at the same time eerie, and I liked that contrast”
“Puzzling, unique, and it does make you think, because you can make up your own interpretation of it.”
“I can’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it before.”
Mayfly Audience Members