We Are Nature
How does nature make you feel? Discover Wild Chorus and Voicing Silence, two new artistic responses to the beauty, complexity and decline of wildlife, now on display at Manchester Museum.
Both Wild Chorus and Voicing Silence ask us to pause and think about our relationships with the natural world: the times when we find joy and beauty in the life around us, or the times when we feel sad and angry at the threats to wildlife. Both pieces suggest that the way forward is together, and that collectively we can work to make a difference.
Recorded and composed by sound artist, Harry Ovington in summer 2020, Wild Chorus reflects a unique moment of global quiet. It acts as a time capsule of the first lockdown, blending field recordings of nature with weather pattern data transformed into sound. The soundscape captures three separate perspectives of the dawn chorus; the birds, the insects and a person walking through the landscape as the sun rises.
What does extinction mean to you? What has happened to the biodiversity in the world? How can we have empathy with the world around us and with our non-human kin?
Artist Laurence Payot worked with a group of artists to use dance, poetry, music and animation to help over 150 people to express their feelings and emotions. This was part of the research project Thinking through Extinction which explored how people think and feel about the dramatic decline of biodiversity across our planet.
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