polyphonic birds

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Installation in the public space, Kottbuser Tor Berlin, 2017.

Polyphonic birds weaves abstract sounds from recorded objects in motion/activity into the public sound environment of “Kotti” (Kottbuser Tor, Berlin). This work is inspired by a squeaking fan in a restaurant in Thessaloniki which sounded like birds. The memory of a sound is contained in a cage which resembles our perception – others can access that memories and get an image of what we mean, but never have the same experience as we had. The old birdcages are all different and full of traces, with a story behind – thus becoming containers of memories. The captured  sounds are replayed into a different space and time, exposed to new perceiving subjects, feeding a new ground. The loudspeakers do not imitate bird´s singing, but infiltrate the environment reminding us dynamics of active birds. In the complex and busy acoustic urban space the loudspeakers emit a composition which fades into the acoustic structure of the place. Unlike birds, sounds are capable of escaping cages.


* please consider the impossibility of reproducing here the actual experience of the installation, as the space is missing.

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