We don’t simply cry out. We pronounce. We enunciate.
Collaborative performance with Viv Corringham
17 January 2018
596 Broadway, # 602, New York, New York 10012
Catherine Clover & Viv Corringham
Using field recordings, digital imagery, mimicry, readings and improvisation, our site-specific performance addresses the birds of New York and how their voices sound the multiple landscapes of the metropolis.
As British migrants (Viv to the USA, Cath to Australia), our sonic practices are attuned to vernacular, idiom, dialect and accent, not only of people but also of animals, with reference to place. Through listening to the birds’ voices, the performance forms a kind of speculative reader for learning bird languages, including vocabulary, pronunciation and phrasing.
Credits in this performance
Allora and Calzadilla and Ted Chiang The Great Silence (2014) full text (The title of the performance is a direct quote)
Frank M Chapman, Birds and Man The American Museum of Natural History 1943
Corey Finger Field Guide to birds of New York 2016
Central Park Conservancy The Birds of Central Park n/d
Full audio documentation available