Birds Eye View
Presented by Arts House and Flash Forward
Mon 14 Feb – Sat 31 Dec, 2022
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
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Three divine altars devoted to the contemporary mythology of hybrid human-bird gods make up ‘Bird’s Eye View’, an enchanting and immersive installation from Melbourne artist UB presented in partnership between Arts House and City of Melbourne’s Flash Forward program.
The new installation features a series of handcrafted, cyber-punk shadow puppets situated within three luminous LED boxes, each surrounded by vibrant, hand-painted walls directly inspired by Korean Buddhist temples.
A work heightened through audience participation, ‘Birds Eye View’ allows you free reign to conceive your own stories and ignite your imagination by operating each puppet using magnet sticks.
A QR activated audio soundtrack featuring the poetry of Ye Sang completes the installation, offering a deeper sensory leap directly into the heart of UB’s work.
The characters of this project- hybrid images of the bird and human can be found in many ancient cultures, the has been inspiring people’s imagination. Either that is a form of a human faced birds or a Avian humanoid, they have been commonly symbolised the connection between earth and sky, human and the gods or- body and the sprits. As the animal bird themselves have availability of flying sky and cross the space, it was natural to symbolise them as some spiritual creatures above us.
However, in the city of current world, the existence of the birds themselves has ecologically and symbolically changed. As they lost the forest as their old home and had to adapt themselves into the city environment, they turned into a pests. They are often seen as dirty, stupid, and fearful creatures for many people. So, I played the idea of the mythological birds-human gods also had to change their form in the city.
About the Artist
LED box: Joe Blanck
Puppet help: Tim Andrews
Poem: Sang Lee
Music: Dale Gorfinkel
Voice: Sol Lee
This project has been supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House and the Flash Forward program.