BIRD-LIKE is a multi-media project created by Mark Allen (director), Cooper Ottum (composer), and Cara Strever (animator). The musical score is inspired by the illustrations and writings of John James Audubon (1785-1851) who extensively observed the birds of North America. In his writings, he personified the various species. The flock draws correlation to people and their patterns of governance. The vulture garbles it's carrion feast, the woodpecker creates his rhythmic tune, and the nuthatch dances in a mad erratic way. The cardinals mate for life and renews the sense of divine provenance. The parasitic seeks out other's nests, and lays it's egg to be another birds burden. This strange and exciting performance combines the music of a 5 piece quintet (2 violins, viola, cello, and piano), bird characters weaving strange narratives, and colorful animations that bring it all together. Watch the full video below.
PHOTOS BY JUSTIN RODIER