Materials: Human voices, wooden chairs, hand-made birds' dwellings consisting of moss, lichen, horse and dog hair, peacock & swan feathers, wild grasses, flowers, clay, mud, and seaweed.
This artwork involved up to twenty participants.
Some folk sat alone in nature, listening to a bird's song. They recorded themselves imitating sounds made by wild birds they could hear. The audios were collated and arranged on three different speakers and set into birdhouses which were then perched amongst a tower of wooden chairs and faced inwards to form a huddle.
These experimental, wordless sounds implied and explored poetic and mysterious connections that humans' have to each other and the natural environment.
The aesthetic of the work was affected by the receptive visitor who experienced the hypnotic and often comical sounds from different bird boxes, hearing different sequences, frequencies and patterns depending on their particular place in time.
Hand-made nests and collected photographs of handmade nests could be discovered in the artwork, tucked in between the chairs. Nests are heart-warming objects, they are 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" say's Gaston Bachelard.
This video shows the work being shown at BIC summer show 2019: To listen to the audio's, follow these links;