Who's Awake by James Forrest


Building a nocturnal environment through sound.
Commisioned by the Peabody Essex Museum for the exhibition Owls in Art and Nature, 2005-06


Installation at PEM  

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Objective

The goal of the sound sculpture is to experience the night as an owl. Characteristics captured are: The Hunt, Flying, Night Vision, Habitat, Mating, Feeding, Vocal Communication and Time. Using abstract sound synthesis, organic instrumentation, and sampling of live environments, I hope to allow the visitor(s) to step inside multiple owl's reality from an artist's point of view. The piece strings together nocturnal characteristics and perceptions of owls into a dreamlike narrative, incorporating and reinterpreting scientific traits into impressions. The experience does not seek to recreate reality, but to use it as a blueprint to interpret owls. Due to many differences in owl species this necessitated a wide approach and will allow for interactions that would not happen in nature. The composition was created in the dark, which only allowed a certain pocket of time for the composition to happen. This seemed appropriate due to the subject and had a direct impact on the final experience.

 
  — James Forrest, January 2, 2006


about the exhibit “owls in art and nature” at the peabody Essex museum

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
THROUGH NOVEMBER 5, 2006

www.pem.org

Owls have long held a fascination for people, whether as symbols of good or evil, of wisdom, or harbingers of doom. Through a selection of works of art and interactive stations, a new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) explores the myriad connections between people and owls and why owls look and behave the way they do.




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