30 Jun 2010

Radio d'Oiseaux : EVP recordings among the extinct bird collections at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

This morning I talked about Media Povera, a group exhibition i'm curating at the Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin (July 13 - August 7), in an interview with Lynn Freeman for Radio New Zealand programme The Arts on Sunday. The conversation also included artists Kim Pieters and Nigel Bunn, speaking via distance from RNZ's Dunedin studio. This interview will air Sunday week, while we are in the midst of installing the show for its Tuesday opening.

Media Povera includes a work by Radio Cegeste. This will be an iteration of the Radio d'Oiseaux project with its focus on birdsong, museology, and NZ broadcast space. A first foray into the collection of bird silences for this work, in the form of EVP investigations into extinct New Zealand avian species at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, was conducted between 10:30am - 12:30pm on Monday 28th June.

Many thanks extended to Gillian Stone, Collection Manager of Birds at Te Papa, for access to the collections, and also to James Gilberd for technical assistance and use of equipment.

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