Human voices, wooden chairs, hand-made birds' dwellings consisting of moss, lichen, horse and dog hair, peacock and swan feathers, wild grasses, flowers, clay, mud, and seaweed.
This artwork involved twenty people who took part in deep listening exercises in nature where they sat alone and recorded themselves imitating sounds made by wild birds that they could hear. The audios were collated and arranged on three different speakers and set into birdhouses, perched amongst a tower of wooden chairs and facing inward to form a huddle.
These experimental, wordless sounds imply a language and explore the poetic and mysterious nature of humans' connectivity to each other and the natural environment.
The aesthetic of the work is affected by the visitor who experiences the hypnotic and often comical sounds from different sources and in different sequences, depending on their presence.
Bird and human-made nests also form part of the artwork as do collected photographs of handmade nests. Nests are heart-warming objects, delightful to discover and hold connotations of home. Returning home also implies a collective returning to our connection with nature.
"We dream of coming back to the house, the way the bird comes back to the nest"Gaston Bachelard
This video shows the work being shown at BIC summer show 2019
To listen to the audio's, follow these links