Camden Migration is an exploration into the migration of birds and people through the arts, celebrating cultural expansion but also considering its environmental impact, particularly on bird extinction.
Comprising eleven days of live music and art, talks and bird-spotting walks in the local area, Camden Migration runs until 6th October at The Forge in Camden, London
Artists showing at the exhibition include Lana Alana, Rachel Sedman, Clare Lindley and Wesley Davies.
Rise Of The Bird People by Saddo, a Romanian artist, illustrator and muralist, brings a twist to the self-centered portraits of conquerors, replacing the human face with bird heads, and depicts a fantastic world of the future, in which humans have slowly devolved into savages or even wild animals, and the world is ruled by a race of super-birds, who are conquering the last human groups.
Visually the pieces are very much influenced by imagery of Spanish and Portuguese explorers and “conquistadores” from the 15th to the 17th centuries, by pictures and illustrations of birds, Islamic miniatures depicting battle scenes, and by sci-fi and horror movies like The Twilight Zone, Planet of the Apes or Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Rise Of The Bird People exhibits at the Objectos Misturados gallery in Viana do Castelo, Portugal from 31st May to 5th July.
The Wonder of Birds will explore the cultural impact of birds upon mankind. Eliciting a wide range of emotions from awe to fear, from pleasure to cruelty – birds have intrigued humanity since the earliest of times.
The exhibition will span the centuries, informed by local and national collections, to include the arts, natural history, archaeology, fashion and social history. Works by major artists and illustrators, historical and contemporary, will be included and the exhibition will examine local, national and international issues.
If you were at the Victoria and Albert Museum for one particular day back in 2006, you may have seen thousands of birds scattered around the exhibits. Trophy was a temporary installation by artist Clare Twomey which comprised 4,000 blue clay birds. Perched all over the ground and around some of the museum’s most famous historic sculptures, these little blue birds were just asking to be taken home!
This interactive exhibition was meant to challenge conventional craft and in Twomey’s words it “played with notions of value, permanence and the culture of collecting.” Interestingly, within five hours of opening, the public had “stolen” every single one of these birds. The most interesting part? No one formally invited visitors to take the birds home, people just followed the behavior of others in the space.