Feather and Measure
When you observe a bird, it has certainly for a long time already been observing you. (Ornithologist’s wisdom)
Observing birds has been a deeply human occupation since people evolved on earth. At that time, the world was already populated by modern birds for about 125 million years.
Feather and Measure takes the spatial and temporal scales and perspectives of birds as a point of departure for reinterpreting landscapes and our human presence within them. It consists of a growing body of tools, mappings, stories, measures, and measurements that playfully reflect on forms of interaction and coexistence between people and birds.
The map, “Feather and Corn” is a visualization of the local landscape around Dornbirn, representing its rich soil types, agricultural use, and conflicting coexistence with one currently threatened bird species, the Corncrake.
Natural Affairs, QuadrART Dornbirn, Austria
Curated by Christel Schüppenhauer