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All in the air is bird

María Jerez (ES)
María Jerez is an artist. She works at the intersection between choreography, film and visual arts. In her latest works, she questions theatrical and cinematographic conventions and the implicit understanding of the spectator in these, opening up potential spaces through encounters with that which the spectator finds strange and alien, and blurring the borders between the known and the unknown, the object and the subject, the animate and the inanimate. Her work seeks to escape logocentric and anthropocentric logics, where human knowledge becomes vulnerable to other enigmatic and complex ecosystems.
Élan d'Orphium (ES)
Élan d'Orphium (a.k.a. Pablo García Martínez). Élan's work proposes re-readings of gender, of the human and of the human genus through a confabulating interpretation of listening, gestures and observations with species from other realms. Élan d'Orphium's work is drawing, scene, action and the consequence of an act of being, sometimes hyperbolic, in which the image breaks with structure and raises a territory of suspicion, of non-narration and estrangement. It seeks to dilute or integrate performance in the social and the social in performance in an exercise that has to do with the symbolic potential of art.
© elan d’orphium

Assuming that no presence is neutral, and understanding that birds are our contemporaries – beings with whom we share territories, events and stories —, María Jerez and Élan d’Orphium take over the garden of the Roque Gameiro Watercolour Museum at sunset to create a shared situation of open and attentive listening, in a kind of invocation in the form of an experimental concert based on birdsongs.
A twitter is the sound with which a bird calls another of its species. But there are devices that imitate the sound made by an animal. They are usually wind instruments or horns, and in most cases, the sound that these devices produce usually imitates that of birds.
In their latest research, María Jerez and Élan d’Orphium have been working with Alejandro de Antonio, a luthier by profession, in the construction of new bird whistles for a sunset soundscape in tune with the birds.
They choose the sunset, because it is the time when the birds return home, coinciding with the change in atmospheric pressure that invites them to sing.

Creation María Jerez, Élan D'Orphium Instrument Alejandro de Antonio Support and production Dorothy Michaels Acknowledgements Pablo de la Nava/ SEO Birdlife