Bird Study, 2010

C-type print of the record cover for Birds and Other Sounds of The Countryside and C-type print of a note placed on battery container. Dimensions variable.

In the summer of 2010 I encountered two different, yet related, ways of visually representing an audible situation, namely, that of birds singing. One is the vinyl record Birds and Other Sounds of The Countryside, recorded and produced by Eric Simms for the BBC in 1977. The other was a bird’s nest located in a recycling container intended for used batteries. The caretaker of the building had written a note and placed it on the container. When approached, small squeaking sounds could be heard from the nest. The note reads: ‘Attention! Please don’t use the battery container. There is a bird’s nest inside. The Caretaker’.