2018-19, Berlin / Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Harz. Original essay in collaboration with Andreas Döpke and video installation of three channels, colour, full HD format, approx. 30 min.
The project GOLDEN TONE comes from a research on the historical, cultural landscape of the western Harz Mountain region of Germany, where many of the mining technologies of mineral soil extraction were first developed and then exported to the whole world. Beneath its essayistic form, the video reflect on the intersections of past, present and future of this anthropogenic landscape, through the particular history of breeding, training and trading of Canary birds in the region. In a video assemblage made of hands and machines, silver and serinettes, contaminated heavy metal hills and falling spruce trees, touristic tours and intimate interviews, the iconic landscape of the German Harz gradually reveals its many hybrid layers, giving way to an open field of transformative sonic flights. DES GOLDES KLANG (Golden Tone) is a film about the Harz Roller Canaries, domesticating mines and queering nature. A. The video, currently in process of editing and finalization, will have an instalative version with three channels to be shown in exhibitions and a medium length version (30-50min) for cinema. For the installation in exhibition spaces, documents, objects and images may be used, collected from the Canary Birds Museum in St. Andreasberg, in the German Harz region, among other materials that are part of the film research. Estimated date for the final accomplishment of the project: December of 2019. B. Original Essayistic text written in collaboration with the geographer Andreas Döpke, to be published in mid 2019, in the book THESE BIRDS OF TEMPTATION, as part of the series intercalations 6, co-published by K. Verlag and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
"...a queer refrain, populated with both acoustical lines of flight and the sorrows of captivity, wherein the reader-as-exhibition-viewer learns that the minor science of ornithology is as preoccupied with the flirtations and allopreening of avifauna as it is with their taxonomical domination."
THESE BIRDS OF TEMPTATION. With contributions by Ari Bayuaji, Bik Van der Pol, David Bonter, Bertolt Brecht, Lêna Bùi, Mark Dion, Andreas Döpke & Barbara Marcel, Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Sophia Gräfe, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Lisa Hirmer, Nina Katchadourian, Anna-Katharina Laboissiere, Anaïs Nin, Megan Shaw Prelinger, Bruno Schulz, Anna-Sophie Springer, Frank Steinheimer, Anna Tsing, Etienne Turpin, and others.