Dawn Chorus: Singing the World, Mimesis and Birdsong

Collier, Mike Dawn Chorus: Singing the World, Mimesis and Birdsong. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

A Dawn Chorus
Singing the World: Mimesis and Birdsong
26 October – 24 November 2018
Drawing Projects UK

Imitating with the mouth the fluid voices of birds
came long before
men were able to sing together in melody and please the ear.

Lucretius (94-55BC): De Rerum Natura

This exhibition by Mike Collier 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.

Collier has 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.

He has 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 work, Collier explores 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.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Depositing User: Mike Collier
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 09:54
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 09:54
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/10277

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