Inspiration Wildlife

Research into Ornithology

14  April 2010

The areas of ornithology (a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds), that I find fascinating is bird intelligence; in particular, instinct and learning. I hope to use these areas of interest as a catalyst to experiment and inspire new soundscapes and initiatives.

Research areas:

Don’t shoot the messenger: To compare and contrast the cultural and historical references of the pigeon, in particular their use as a messenger during World War II, with today’s role as a nuisance looking for feeding opportunities within the city.

Bird Brain: To observe the behaviour of birds within rural areas and the city to develop an understanding of the complex nature of bird calls, including how calls are learnt, committed to memory, adapted and invented.

To investigate how bird calls (including non- locatable alarm calls) can be used to establish an early warning system and protect families, other bird colonies and mammals.

Lucy Stevens’ artistic practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment, using field recording, digital illustration, performance and printmaking as a tool to visualise sound produced by wildlife, weather and other natural phenomena.

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