Ornithanthropon 1480/2020 — still. Featuring Giovanni Bellini, St. Jerome Reading in the Countryside, 1480-85 (extract).
Beginning with a 16th century illustration by Ulissee Aldrovandi, included in his 'Ornithologiae hoc est de avibus historiae libri XII' (1549), this project uses the ‘Harpy’ as character. Harpies tend to be bird/woman hybrids, although often include elements from other creatures, and have been written as personified storm winds, always placed in a derided position by histories of writers. Here, Harpies are voiced in opposition to this misrepresentation; taking them as referents to hybridity, able to talk across species & genre, and ultimately embodying a long-standing, continuing politic of ‘radical interconnectedness’.
Each line is spoken by one of several characters, except for those noted ‘all:’, which are spoken by all of them.
Documentation of Discoursing Harpies — 3D powder print, motors, programming, steel.
Harpy size: 15 x 24 x 10 cm. Support: 10 x 10 x 82 cm. 2020
Forecast of Discoursing Harpies
In the fog
Group - with Sergei Zinchuk & Emma Tighe
RCA Gallery, Battersea, London, 2020
An exhibition around uncertainty, and alternatives routes of navigating within it. A collaboratively built structure housing a separate work by each artist.
3D powder print, motors, programming, rubber coil, plaster