"Artificial Nature" exhibit opens in Taipei

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Jay Alan Yim

Nov 16, 2012, 2:33:53 AM11/16/12
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Hello Chicago!

We're happy to be in Taipei currently with our interactive audio/video project 'Bird'. The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is an impressively large space with two floors of new media work on display for the next week and a half. Wish you could be here to hang out, too!


Jay and Marlena



interactive audio-visual installation

Marlena Novak and Jay Alan Yim (localStyle) in collaboration with Jesus Duran


Digital Art Festival Taipei


11/16/12 —11/25/12

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

No. 133, Guangfu S. Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan

Bird uses infrared technology to sense visitors and respond to their presence in real time. The improvisationally complex territorial songs of the European Blackbird, Turdus merula, are the source of inspiration for this work. Members of this species have exceptionally precise control over the syrinx (the vocalizing mechanism in passerines, or songbirds). A city dweller's encounter with the sophisticated melodic and timbral structure of these distinctive songs makes them simultaneously signifiers of nature in an urban context, as well as being evidence of an avian cultivation of virtuosity. The project's title pays homage to Charlie Parker, a jazz musician whose inventiveness and spontaneity were legendary. The work also acknowledges the influence of Douglas Huebler, and his conceptual photographic series Duration Piece #5, New York, April 1969.

Bird is dedicated to the memory of Regina Verhagen.

Supported in part by a Faculty Research Grant from Northwestern University.

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Gosia Koscielak

Nov 19, 2012, 10:00:42 PM11/19/12
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Hi Jay And Marlena,

Thank you for updates on your projects. The "Bird" sounds wonderful! CONGRATS!




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