birdland

The film Birdland  is a visual musical score . it is also a silent film, the images slowly shift through a catalogue of NASA photos, desserts, floods, ruins, bird eggs and sonograms and it was commissioned by the Parc and Musee des Alpilles for a solo show in 2023.

Birdland Saint Remy 2023 Jim Howard trumpet & Electrics

I wanted to give the viewer a sense of travel above the earth and a sense of what a bird must fly over in order to reach us. I also wanted it to be dream like , real and yet unreal. The slow movement came through working with Jim Howard and recognising the tempo that the images needed to have in order for him to improvise for it. One of my inspirations for this work was Chris markers film La Jété 1962 which uses still images to tell a story. The Nasa photos were from the migratory routes across the Sahel, Sahara and the Mediterranean. I used cyanotypes to make many of the film stills focusing on the colour blue which for me contained the central elements of sky, sea and melancholy .

It has been used multiple times for improvisations. The most recent performance by Jim Howard and Julie Walkington at the opening on April 12th 2024. For the show Without horizon without shore IV at The Thames-side Gallery London. Below is the audio recording of that improvisation .