CATHERINE CLOVER ARTIST
Ramblings - performance
13 December 2017
Floating Projects, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
This performance addresses the local sedentary birds of Hong Kong as well as migratory visitors that fly through Hong Kong on the East Asia/Australia flyway. Birds migrate on specific routes around the world known as flyways, and this particular flyway, which millions of birds use, connects Melbourne, Australia in the south, where Catherine lives, with Hong Kong and to the north includes Arctic Russia and North America. Most of the migratory birds are spending summer in the warmth of the south at this time of year. Landscape and language are deeply connected in people and no less so, I suggest, in birds. Rural and urban landscapes shape the sounds of voices and through migration, the sounds of the birds’ voices link geographies that are thousands of miles apart.
The performance will begin with a sound walk in the local area of Wong Chuk Hang where Floating Projects is located. This walk will start at 5.30pm, sunset in Hong Kong and will last 30-40 minutes. Dusk is a noisy time when birds are settling for the night, and the walk will encourage participants to listen to the sounds of the birds’ voices in relation to their own. Back at Floating Projects the performance will include projected images, field recordings, readings, improvisation with bird whistles, participatory voicing of bird names in both English and Cantonese and attempts at bird sounds.