The Songs We Sing Amsterdam at the Lloyd

The Songs We Sing Amsterdam is a site-specific installation that may be experienced at the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy from May 27th till June 7th, 2013. Part of a multi-city project which is currently on display in Europe, The Songs Cycle piece considers the concept of a biotope – small environments shared by humans and other species.

According to The naturalist E.O. Wilson, half of the species currently living on Earth will become extinct in the next 100 years. In this new world, we may have to create fictive environments in order to experience a sense of calm and beauty – especially in an urban context.

The Songs We Sing, the title of each city installation, is about connecting our ecological moment with our cognitive/behavioral needs. It ponders the lack of human companion species in a postindustrial Western landscape, and offers a possible solution.

The Songs We Sing--one installation site at the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

The Songs We Sing–one installation site at the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

The Songs Cycle project attempts to improve the current lack of animal centric sounds in our auditory experience of the natural. Comprised of eighteen randomly sampled audio tracts, the installation in Amsterdam features bird calls collected from human volunteers between May 5th and May 7th at the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy. This audio will be installed at changing locations in the vicinity of the Lloyd to mix with the ambient sound of the local environment. Anybody interested in experiencing the installation need only look for the project sign on the outside of the Lloyd building and listen.

Special thanks to the project participants below:
Hugo Bastidas_Fischreiher,
Andrew Cramer_Oehoe, Theadore Dean_Seidenreiher, Elizabeth Demaray_Rohrdommel, Dylan Koomen_Mallard, Nanny Roed Lauridsen_ Grutto, Abdel Patrijs_Grebe, Ellen Rikkink_Pheasant, Brenda Saunders_Heron Crabier, Eva Schepens_Egrit, Renate Schepen_Roodborstje, Suki Verwiel_Porseleinhoen

For more information on The Songs We Sing and other projects at the Lloyd please see: http://www.lloydhotel.com/en/about-us/cultural-embassy

For information on the The Songs We Sing at DADAPost Berlin see: http://demaray.rutgers.edu/2013/05/04/the-songs-we-sing-berlin/

About demaray

I kinit sweaters for plants, I culture lichen on the sides of skyscrapers in New York City and I manufacture alternative forms of housing for hermit crabs, out of plastic. With the engineer Dr. Qingze Zou, I am currently creating the IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving in which I am building light-sencing robotic supports for housplants. These moving floraborgs allow potted-plants to roam freely in a domestic environment, in search of sunlight and water.

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