Singing the World: Mimesis and Birdsong

Mimesis and Birdsong

Mimesis and Birdsong Singing the World
Singing the World
26 October 2018 to 24 November 2018

A small selection of images from my show show (with music by Bennett Hogg) - A Dawn Chorus: Singing the World: Mimesis and Birdsong at Drawing Projects UK. A collaboration with Bennett Hogg, Geoffrey Sample and Alex Charrington.

 

This exhibition was initially inspired by listening to a dawn chorus at Cheeseburn in Northumberland – a choir of sixteen birds heard early one morning in May. Together their songs, represented variously as digitally manipulated sonograms and musical transcriptions, form the basis of this show of screen prints, music and digital prints.

 

This exhibition of pictures by myself and music by Bennett Hogg was initially inspired by listening to a dawn chorus at Cheeseburn in a Northumberland woodland garden – a choir of sixteen birds heard early one morning in mid May. Together their songs, represented variously as digitally manipulated sonograms and musical transcriptions, form the basis of this show of screen prints, music and digital prints.

 

I have approached the experience of the dawn chorus in a number of different ways, collaborating with printmaker Alex Charrington (Charrington Editions), composer and musician Bennett Hogg and natural history sound recordist Geoff Sample on the project.

 

I have looked at the relationship between the natural world, its specific cultures and cultural ecologies, and our own sense of culture/s. The work attempts to loosely describe how individual bird species interact through song in the dawn chorus - exploring ways of visually and musically re-invoking these patterns of cultural interaction in a more-than-human world.

 

In this project, I want to explore ways of showing how we might better understand our complex relationship to a more-than-human world, enabling us to value the whole world (birds, plants, animals, peoples etc) as a living ecology of cultural differences. 

This exhibition of pictures by myself and music by Bennett Hogg was initially inspired by listening to a dawn chorus at Cheeseburn in a Northumberland woodland garden – a choir of sixteen birds heard early one morning in mid May. Together their songs, represented variously as digitally manipulated sonograms and musical transcriptions, form the basis of this show of screen prints, music and digital prints.

 

I have approached the experience of the dawn chorus in a number of different ways, collaborating with printmaker Alex Charrington (Charrington Editions), composer and musician Bennett Hogg and natural history sound recordist Geoff Sample on the project.

 

I have looked at the relationship between the natural world, its specific cultures and cultural ecologies, and our own sense of culture/s. The work attempts to loosely describe how individual bird species interact through song in the dawn chorus - exploring ways of visually and musically re-invoking these patterns of cultural interaction in a more-than-human world.

 

In this project, I want to explore ways of showing how we might better understand our complex relationship to a more-than-human world, enabling us to value the whole world (birds, plants, animals, peoples etc) as a living ecology of cultural differences.