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 con tainer.
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’.