Strigiformes: Binocular, Binaural
Jun 1 2017

By special invitation of Tori Wrånes for her solo exhibition "Hot Pocket", curated by Stina Högkvist,  Contemporary Art Museum, Nasjonal Museet, Oslo

A 10 minute time-based painting installation/performance featuring ongoing research into the role of the artist-shaman in contemporary ecologies; in particular, bird-human relations. "Strigiformes: Binocular, Binaural" combines elements based on geographically-specific ecological surveys of vertebrate species from Australian ornithologists, the phone app Tinder and human translations of other vertebrate species calls. The performance-painting-installation features a 70 square metre hand-sewn silk rainbow backdrop, a specially commissioned soundscape by Tom Smith including sound material collected by Clare Milledge, human-bird performers and a psychedelic whipcracking bird-shaman. Data has been collected from Byron Bay (AU), Glenorchy (NZ) and Oslo (NO). 

Danny Denekte (as Glenorchy)
Even Eileraas (as Oslo)
Clare Milledge (as Alba)

Tom Smith

Costume and makeup:
Clare Milledge

Dressing and makeup assistance:
Lisa Asplund

Special thanks to:
Tori Wrånes 
David Milledge (owl calls)
David Stewart (owl calls)
Sven Patajac (research assistance)
Morten Milledge-Grayburn (research assistance)
Annette McKinley (research assistance)
Marty Jay (unitards)
Jane Campion

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
This project is supported by UNSW Art & Design.

Video/images to come....