The traveling sound-installation 'The Murder of Crows' by the artist-duo Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller challenges the visitor to reflect about how we are constructing our reality (facts, fantasies...). The installation is made of approximately 100 boxes which are sending music by Tibetan chants and Russian military choir. The music is mixed with the spoken word poetry made of the stories from Janet Cardiff’s own dreams and the cries of a 'Murder of Crows' (the phrase means a 'group of crows' and references the crows' behavior to mourn together about the death of one group member). And then there is the artwork by Francisco de Goya from 1799.
"Goya, in the spirit of the enlightenment, took a critical look at tyranny, ignorance and superstition. In an epoch characterized by political and social upheavals, wars and insurrections, he warned: »Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters«."
On view from 17 February until 20 May 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki; from 3 August to 9 September 2012 at Park Avenue Armory New York.
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