A pulsing visual poem, COCO is a lilting meditation on spherical rhythmic objects, soft and
sun-dried liquids, global food and goods trading, atemporal and anachronistic colonial
trajectories, dirtiness, cleanliness, and, well, coconuts.
Initially in a freeform manner and later via human assisted passage, coconuts have been
floating around the globe for millions of years. In 1895 Lever Brothers accelerated this
process by opening the Sunlight Soap factory by the wharves of Balmain in Sydney,
Australia. Utilising the factory’s proximity to South Pacific coconut plantations with their
cheap and coerced labour, the company lathered and cleansed the empire’s workers,
transforming coconuts processed in Sydney into glycerine and the first mass produced
branded soap in a second factory in Merseyside in the United Kingdom.
Liquid diamond dust
A little scoop of flesh
Two eyes and
In the shape of an
Must be a fruit
Or is it a nut?
Duration:5 mins 58 sec
Text, Animation, Images, Sound, Editing:Lucinda Dayhew
Voice Recording:Jasmine Guffond