￼Like all songbirds, lyrebirds are vocal learners. It was probably a lyrebird chick raised in captivity in close proximity to an office building listening nine-to-five to sounds leaking out from open windows during one summer. The details remain unknown, but we now assume that when breeding season started the following winter dial-up tones of modems and faxes coming from the office were already part of this particular birds song repertoire.
At some point, the bird, we call it bird zero, must have been released back into the wild, bringing with it those exotic sounds. Other birds were quick to catch up, too. How else can we explain the fact that in this part of the country, generations of birds and people later, the archaic dial-up tones are still a substantial part of the local lyrebird dialect?
We assume that the office which served as an educational institution for bird zero has vanished, but until new noises replace its sounds in the songs of those birds, a record remains.
Catherine Biocca (b. 1984 in Rom, DE/IT), winner of the Strabag Art Awards 2015, lives and works in Amsterdam and (soon) in Berlin. Her works were shown in the following exhibitions (selection): Ende Gelände, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, NL, 2015; on display, basis e.V., Frankfurt a. M., DE, 2015 (solo); The Originals E1 S1, Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent, BE, 2015; Meeting 4D, Silberkuppe, Berlin, DE, 2015; Opening Exhibition, Cinnamon, Rotterdam, NL, 2015; Void: there ́s nothing more left, but a little trace from human being, Ginko Space, Beijing, CN, 2015; 3. Ural Biennial for Contemporary Art, Yekater- inburg, RU, 2015; New Media Festival Miami, Miami, US, 2015; Sunday Art Fair, Solo Booth for Jeanine Hofland, UK, 2015; I Wish I Never Kissed That Frog, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, NL, 2015; Open Studios, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL, 2015; Imaginary Game Soundtrack, Komplot, Brussels, BE, 2015; January Blues, Frutta, Rome, IT, 2016; Asphalt Paintings, Strabag Art Forum, Vienna, AT, 2016 (solo); Discrete Justice, PSM Gallery, Berlin, DE, 2016, Deutscher Fürst & The Intergalactic Series, Mission Gallery, Swansea, UK, 2016 and What People do for Money: Some Joint Ventures.
Yuki Kishino (b. 1982 in Kawagoe, JP) lives and works in Frankfurt. Currently, he is studying at the Staatliche Hochschule
für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. with Peter Fischli. His works were presented at the following exhibitions (selection): In A Hinge Position, The CASS Bank-space, London, UK, 2013; ổn định động., Goethe-Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, District, Berlin, DE, 2013; Mostyn Open 18, MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK, 2013; Dinner for One, The Duck, Berlin, DE, 2014; New Wight Biennial: Compassion Fatigue, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, US, 2014; FdjT curated by Roos Gortzak, Offenbach a. M., DE, 2014; A Pixel or Digit?, Parfitt Gallery, London, UK, 2015; My, My. A Body Does Get Around, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, NL, 2015; || (OR), 1822-Forum, Frankfurt a. M., DE (solo); Index 15 & Berenberg Preis für junge Kunst, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, DE 2015, Rundgang, Städelschule, Frankfurt a. M., DE, 2016 and The Duck, New York, US.