Date(s) - 26/06/2019 - 18/07/2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Interactive digital artwork exploring bird depopulation The Repeated Refrains of Nature: Auk Room, Zoological Museum, Trinity College Dublin, June 26th-July 18th 2019
Launch Event Wednesday, June 26th @ 6pm – all welcome
The Repeated Refrains of Nature is an artwork created in 2019 by visual artist and researcher Shane Finan. It is funded by the Trinity College Dublin Visual and Performing Arts Fund. The artwork takes its name from a quote by Rachel Carson from her book, The Edge of the Sea: ‘There is something infinitely healing in these repeated refrains of nature, the assurance that night after night, dawn comes, and spring after winter.’ The Repeated Refrains of Nature is an interactive digital artwork that uses six video monitors to show videos of common garden birds feeding, presented much like a security control room multi-monitor setup. When a person enters the room, the birds fly off screen, leaving empty feeders.
The artwork invites visitors to consider the human role on bird depopulation, exhibited among the extinct and endangered birds on show at the Trinity College Dublin Zoological Museum. Placed as it is, among other bird and animal species, the audience are asked to consider what a world without birds would be like. By remaining motionless, the birds may reappear, suggesting that reducing human action can also reduce the loss of species populations. Technology holds the artwork together as both monitor and controller.