Teach me half the gladness
That thy brain must know,
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow
The world should listen then, as I am listening now.
To a Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1820
Harmonious Madness is a sound piece extension from my living exhibition, Apple Puma,
in Bergen Kjøtt during spring in 2018. Apple Puma was a living, staged installation that
provided a temporary home to 28 canary songbirds whose true colour is dull, but whose
‘neutral’ colour is a shade of yellow achieved through dietary additives. This practice, in
the parlance of avian breeding, is known as ‘colour feeding.’
I observed and recorded the songbird vocals that unfolded over the weeks of the
exhibition, fascinated by their instinctive, territorial and sexual vocal signalling to each
other during the seasonal change.
Presented by Lydgalleriet at PARABOL – in collaboration with Kunsthall 3.14 – Lydgalleriet selects a sound work for the parabolic loudspeaker sited in Kunsthall 3.14's entrance hall. PARABOL has a particular focus on sonic commissions and edits, and offers a mode of address corresponding with the exhibitions in the main upstairs spaces.