(2013) pen and ink on paper, 840mm x 2756mm (880mm x 2796mm framed)
Guth an Eòin | Voice of the Bird is the visual score and composition that sits at the heart of the project Air falbh leis na h-eòin | Away with the Birds.
Translating sound and music into line and gesture, the visual score represents the sung composition in terms of different habitats. Words and vocables – sounds without meaning – represent the shapes of individual birds, flocks, skeins, waves and islands, as well as more abstracted forms, suggestive of motion or topography.
It forms the basis of a digital online iteration commissioned by The Space: Digital Arts Online (2015). The audience is invited to navigate through the depths and breadths of the composition, research and performance, in an interactive iteration that brings together audio recordings, film, drawings and essays
The score was first shown at Between the Late and Early exhibition at the RSA in Edinburgh (Summer 2013), and then at Cape Farewell’s Sea Change exhibition, at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, (November 2013 – January 2014).