Birds Singing Other Birds' Songs <work>

 

 

Video and Digital Prints

 

La Huella Multiple, Fototeca, Havana, Cuba 2002

 

This piece has been developed in three different media: prints, video and interactive work for the web (see link to e-literature collection, Volume One). It has been exhibited and presented in many festivals (ISEA), exhibitions (La Huella Multiple, Settings) and presented in many conferences, talks and events. It has also been reviewed by different critics and theorists.

 

See Judy Malloy's Authoring Software website.

 

Settings, Medway Galleries, UK 2001

 

The conceptual basis for the work is an exploration into the idea of the translation process: from birds' sounds into language and back to birds' songs via the human voice with the knowledge of language. These birds are animated'text birds' singing the sound of their own text while flying in the sky. The letters, which create their physical outlines, correspond to the transcribed sound made by each of the birds. The sound is produced by the human voice slightly manipulated in the computer. Nevertheless, the sound doesn't correspond to the visual representation of the real bird. In the video version, the birds appear on screen in a random manner.