26 Jul 2013

huia transcriptions

alongside audio documentation of the site-specific live sound work Huia Transcriptions originally conducted on two mornings on Kapiti Island in early June 2012, an object-based realisation of the work, comprising musical notation of one early twentieth century human interpretation of a Huia warning call, as well as a written description of the same call rendered in the manner of the lyrical content on a player-piano roll, were set on archival index cards. a small mass produced music box renders the punched strip of the left hand side of the cards playable, in their limited fashion, emphasising the gap between human recording and reproducing mechanisms and the accessibility of the live bird song, now that the species is extinct.

included as part of the exhibition Nature Reserves, at the London gallery GV Art from the 26 July - 14 September 2013.