Away with the Birds

Hanna Tuulikki’s Air falbh leis na h-eòin is a body of work exploring the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. In 2014 it will become a sited performance and installation, made for the Isle of Canna. It is created by an inter-disciplinary team of visual artists, musicians, textile artists, dancers, writers, sound recordists, ornithologists, conservationists and anthropologists.
Hanna’s vocal composition, Guth an Eòin | Voice of the Bird sits at the heart of the project. Written for a female vocal ensemble, it reinterprets archive, fragmenting and re-weaving extracts of Gaelic songs into an extended soundscape growing out of and responding to landscape. It explores the delicate nature of island-life, the co-existence of history and innovation, the relationships between bird, man and land.
Air falbh leis na h-eòin is produced by Suzy Glass in association with Cape Farewell. It is funded by Creative Scotland, PRSF and the Hope Scott Trust.

The data you have for Culture Hack Scotland is a living, growing archive of content generated throughout the research and development phase of Air falbh leis na h-eòin. It consists of photographs, audio demos, audio recordings, research videos, video documentation, drawings, design-work and more.
You may want also to look at the Birds data supplied by the Small Isles alongside this dataset.

Some things to consider:
This archive is growing. At the moment we post elements of it online through our blog, which works well. But we’re sure there are more intelligent and interesting ways of letting people browse and discover the content.
There are some key research themes within the project that we’d like to explore using digital tools. Translation is one of these – how do we present a Gaelic / English project? We’re also interested in the way bird sounds are represented in human languages.
At a sectoral level, artists and arts organisations are constantly generating assets, a lot of which never see the light of day. How do we use digital tools to bring these into the public domain.
Also, what role can digital creativity play in the on-going development of an extended project like this? What’s the potential if we bring digital talent into the mix while the project is still in its research phase?

During the weekend:
Producer Suzy Glass will be at the whole of Culture Hack Scotland weekend (she’s also on the Sync team), so grab her if you’d like to find out more about this project.


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