I had a most pleasant evening at The Barbican Curve Gallery, where Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s bird orchestra was taking place. I have never seen zebra finches before, but now I like them so much! Good patterns for my little wooden birds. The sounds of their feet on the guitar strings was fantastic. It made me think of Neil Young’s soundtrack for “Dead Man”.
“Trained as a musician and composer, French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation for The Curve will take the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.” – Barbican