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World Event Young Artists 2012


31 Oct 2011

What is WEYA?

World Event Young Artists is the very first event of its kind to take place. It is an exciting occasion bringing together and celebrating the talent and artistic excellence of young people from across the globe. In September 2012 World Event for Young Artists [WEYA] will bring a staggering 1,000 young artists (18 – 30 years) from 120 nations to Nottingham. More info

For all artworks, soundtracks and statements entered for WEYA please view my profile on Axis, the online resource for contemporary art.

Proposal to WEYA (200 word limit)

This proposal is for four art/sound installations based on the social and flocking behaviour of pigeons, whilst investigating the historic and current relationship with humans. Each piece was created using found objects and pigeon-related items. The sound installations contain recordings from pigeons eating bread, a pigeon auction and the sound of Thai whistles attached to flying pigeons. The End of the Line, interprets information based on the messages delivered by pigeons during the Franco-Prussian War. Egg Box Messages is a tribute to the pigeon Cher Ami, who saved the lives of the Lost Battalion during WWI. To support Cornell Science Laboratory with research into feral pigeon behaviour, I have monitored and fed a group of pigeons for a year. Feeding Frenzy uses bread and seed on light sensitive paper to create eight prints, accompanied by a recording taken from a microphone hidden inside a loaf of bread. A pound of pigeon uses bird grit to demonstrate the average weight of a pigeon, positioned in the topological distance model to represent a flock of birds. The pigeon feathers; in a ‘V’ shape, show the wings when at their highest point, in relation to its flushing distance (how close one can get to a bird before it flies off.)

My reason’s for applying for WEYA

To be involved in a high profile arts event, that will provide a platform to raise my profile, and showcase a series of new sound installations, created in 2011 to the East Midlands and beyond. To build creative networks with talented practitioners from across the UK, that are using innovative and inspiring methods of working. The opportunity to engage in creative dialogue and broaden my knowledge will enrich my practice, enabling my work and professional development to flourish at an international level.

All successful applicants will be notified in February… fingers and toes crossed!

Lucy Stevens is an artist whose environmental soundscapes and visual art investigates the relationship between humanity and nature.

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