For some client work I’m doing, I’m learning a bit about the artist Janet Cardiff and her artistic partner and husband George Bures Miller. I stumbled on this excerpt from a 2008 video installation they created called “The Murder of Crows.” Captivating — a very striking build-up of sounds and music. From the artists’ website:
This large installation, ‘The Murder of Crows’, continues Cardiff Miller’s explorations in creating sculptural and physical sound. Ninety-eight audio speakers are mounted around the space on stands, chairs and the wall creating a minimalist flocking of speakers. The structure of the piece tries to mirror that of the illogical but connected juxtapositions that we experience in the dream world. One soundscape moves into another with an electronic dreamscape composition shifting into sound effects such as factory noises, crashing waves or birds wings and then into a guitar and strings composition then into a choir sequence and marching band.
The title for the installation is ‘The Murder of Crows’, which means a grouping of crows. Sometimes when a crow dies, many other crows flock to the area around the dead bird and caw for over 24 hours, creating a ‘crow funeral’…
The artists’ other offering on Vimeo is also intriguing.