I was first intrigued by animal noises and calls when walking around the lagoon one day and the frogs were chirping what seemed like a crescendo of excitement. It was then I began recording their voices. I tried playing back their calls and while a few seemed to respond with temporary silence, the play back had little effect. After this I began recording the noises of the other animals I came in contact with,
in hopes of collecting a small library of sounds.
Contemporaneously, I also began writing poems about my interactions with various animals, but I felt that conveying my views of them in human tongue was not a collaboration, so much as flourished observations. My epiphany came while listening to birds singing in the morning on the Channel Islands, I did not need to translate their feelings into my words, but use theirs to create my own poems.
At the beginning of the quarter guest animal communicator said that animals have many things to say, we just need to listen. With that sentiment in mind this piece offers four poems I put together with the help of four different animals
in an attempt to give their voices new gravity and volume.
06/09/13 22:26:38 - Show Results
While this project was not exactly what I had in mind when I initially began working on my final piece. I had done much research on frog calls and ear in particular with the intention of building a headset, of kinds, that would simulate the way frogs hear. At the same time I was working on making a frog "poem" to use as audio perhaps inside the head set. I became much more interested making the poems, so I ultimately pursued those instead. I was pleased with the box I made to hold the ipod that played the noises, the installation was easy to set up and clean to look at. While I did not get to bring my original plan in to fruition, I am pleased with the work I showed.
I am also quite proud of the work that everyone else showed as well, I think the show was fun for people to see and certainly unique in terms of the usual art show fodder. Included are some pictures of my installation.