The Chase (2020)

In collaboration with composer Drake Stoughton
Audio installation 00.07.53 loop, artist publication




Audio installation view at ‘Ecotones - Bodies in Tension’ at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL)
Part of
‘Building an Archive of a
Disappearing Landscape’


On view during ‘Ecotones - Bodies in Tension’, Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam (NL).

Thanks to Kees van Oers (KNAW),Montei Di Matteo, Paula Albuquerque and Mariana Lanari







‘The Chase' (2020)
is an audio installation and publication, realised in collaboration with composer Drake Stoughton and with the help of Dr. Kees van Oers. The work evolves around the memories of some of the older villagers of Keyenberg (DE), a village which will soon be excavated due to lignite industry, which have been observing birds since their childhood years. They report the loss of the large variety of birds orchestrating in their gardens, a phenomenon which came to an abrupt end after their resettlement to ‘Neu-Keyenberg’, one of the newly built copy-villages replacing the original settlements. Due to the concrete nature of the new villages and the disappearing of old houses which offer lots of cracks and holes for the birds to breed in, the animals are now driven out of this landscape.

The audio recordings focus on the loss of ecologies in the endangered ancient wood around these settlements, which will soon be excavated due to lignite industry. By recording birdsongs during dawn within the endangered woods and by examining them together with ecologist Kees van Oers (KNAW), the work highlights the unique composition of birds present within this disappearing landscape. In collaboration with composer Drake Stoughton, a score was made, in which’s process the audio was matched with the right notes. The composer’s inability of keeping track with the birds represents the problem of archiving the natural, resulting in an auditive play (or chase) between the archived and the archiver. The publication displays the score or ‘catch’ resulting from this chase, representing an additional step of archiving; therefore further transforming the natural phenomenon in the process.















         Installation (video) registration ‘Ecotones - Bodies in Tension’ at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL)