2011, Recorded Sound, Duration 15:57
The voice of an absent guide is embedded in the wall, amplified from a small hole. An instructional text directs the viewer through the physiological steps of a crane bird taking off for flight. The speaker proposes a series of movements towards the recognition of ones physical capabilities, an active engagement with human and animal physiology. LuftKnochen draws from this parallel to study our fascination with crane behavior, our curiosity to observe the elaborate choreographies that they display, and the effort required to emulate their distinct grace. The proprioceptive skills that cranes require to fly are highlighted through a process that engages a human desire to take to flight, an ambitious and somewhat impossible task that finds its optimism in the effort of the search.