OOZ: for the birds opens in Mejan Labs, Stockholm

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Instruction for the Birds:

* land on perch-> trigger sound file-> wait for human response (they
are a little slow)
* try a different perch-> it might work better

Instructions for People:

* Pretend you are a bird-> see above

OOZ: for the birds opens in Mejan Labs, Stockholm
Sweden

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Birds are also inhabiting the gallery, including a pair of diamond
doves and some zebra finches (known for learning vast song
repertories). Although the gallery is a much larger space than the
cages they were accustomed to, watching them fly around the white
walls of the gallery space is, well, incredible. The arid view of the
white cube seems worse then their little cages. It serves the same
function for the birds, however, to focus their attention on the
art. They will sit, sometime for hours, on the perches. They
tolerate the sound they are triggering over and over, a little jumpy
at first but that was generally true. The perches gives them a view
of the whole space, but it is not so much of a view given the vast
deep 3-d urban spaces they can navigate with a tip of the wing. They
seem exposed on the perches and seem to feel safer tucked into
corners or under the stairs--so that is where I am putting the bird
instruction manual. They haven't made any attempts to fly out when
the door is open by gallery visitors.

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Gallery Instructions:

These bird-operatable communication technologies translate bird
concerns into human dialect.
The sounds triggered by the birds use a variety of strategies to
persuade you to the share nutritional and urban resources. Some use
dog noises to discourage cats, but all demonstrate the spectacle of
urban birds appropriating new technologies for their own purposes.

Previous outdoor installation of these devices have demonstrated that
the birds are early adopters: that they understand thereciprocity
scripted herein, and master the use of these devices. However people
have proven slow to grok the feedback cycle. Because people require
remedial education in these matters these bird technologies are
presented inside the gallery. When people get hip to the idea of a
changing their relationship with urban birds these may be installed
outside to create a bird OOZ; an aviary without cages,
built by durable reciprocal interactions.

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Instruction for the Birds:

* land on perch-> trigger sound file-> wait for human response (they
are a little slow)
* try a different perch-> it might work better

Instructions for People:

* Pretend you are a bird-> see above


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