Monday 29 March 2010

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

29th March
Barbican Centre

This installation at the Barbican consisted of around 30 Zebra Finches flying around a curved room with guitars and cymbals on stands plugged in to speakers. They managed to create some fantastic sounds as they landed on the guitar strings or attempted to make a nest by wedging grass between them.

Bringing animals into the gallery space is something that Mircea Cantor has also experimented with quite a few times. In 'Deeparture' a deer and a wolf are left alone in a room of a gallery and the work is a film which shows how they react to one another, the deer being very on edge and the wolf behaving very nonchalant.

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