2014/2015 3 projection VIDEO INSTALLATION with a public engaging performance produced with the ZOO and NIKOLAJ KUNSTHAL in Copenhagen as collaborative partners. Tropical birds is one of three video installations under the collective name Flocks. The collection was produced for the curated part of The FOCUS video festival in 2015 at NIKOLAJ KUNSTHAL Copenhagen.
The duration of the Tropical birds performance is 20 min. and the Tropical birds video installation is 8 min. exhibited with 28 Tropical birds mask costumes inspired by European Pagan traditions. Screenings start with a public engaging performance, where the public become part of the flocks’ rituals and stories. The teenagers in this video installation have many moods available to their experience and strong stories to tell.
The video installation is filmed on the animal grounds in the Tropical house at the Zoological Garden in Copenhagen. The Tropical bird performers are young students age 11 -13 whocontribute with their own group dynamic and thoughts of belonging in movement and stories. A dynamic, which is insistently present in the primary school years: to belong and not belong, the constant revision of positions in groups, the encountering of strangers and the change of environment.
The young performers create their own flock in the Zoo animal’s panoramic constructed landscapes next to the smells and residue of the real animals while the true inhabitants resided elsewhere. The project evolved over 2 months in an interdisciplinary environment with a biologist, a performer/writer, a puppeteer and a video artist. The student performers participated in an artistic process, based on the method: gathering of Zoological knowledge – observation of herd behavior – learning through performance, text improvisations and video recordings.
The Tropical bird flock is part giraffe, part Southern Crowned Pigeon and part flamingo. The hybrid animal combines the flock and parallel dances of flamingos living in salinated lakes, with their colors changing depending on their age and Giraffes who have a flat and more loosely organized power structure in their family where the males still demonstrate their position.
The Danish Art Agency Scenekunst Ordningen
The Danish Art Agency Huskunstner Ordningen
The Danish Art Agency Produktions puljen
Forsknings- og Velfærdsfonden