French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s avant-rock aviary is being commissioned in London by Barbican Centre’s Curve Gallery from Feb. 27 – May 23, 2010. The gallery is a curved corridor in the centre, that affords artists the opportunity to utilize its unique architecture to create very site-specific arcing art. According to The Curve’s blog:
“Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. Boursier-Mougenot’s installation for The Curve, his first solo exhibition in the UK, takes the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a random and captivating soundscape.
Also included in the installation is a series of videos that feature close ups of hands playing electric guitars. However, the sounds that accompany the footage do not emanate from the guitars. Instead we hear an insect-like drone produced by the amplification of the video signal.”
Falcon, meet falconer:
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