Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Finchies on ze electric guitar!

A dear friend, C.E. sent this my way. Those finches are too darn cool.

The Barbican art gallery's The Curve, in the heart of London, commissions contemporary artists to install site-specific pieces in the space, which looks like this:

From the Barbican Curve website:

French artist 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.

Read more about Céleste Boursier-Mougenot's past video-drone and music-making-finch pieces in this interesting review in Frieze Magazine.

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