Dimensions: 10'H X 10' Diameter
In 1799, the German naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt, embarked on a journey through Venezuela to trace the
For this installation I trained two Amazon parrots to speak Maypure’. The parrots live within a sculptural aviary and are only seen in shadow through its translucent walls. The birds chatter at will, incorporating the language with a multitude of sounds generated by them and their environment.
While it was first exhibited in 1997, "may-por-é" has continued to evolve as I have worked with additional parrots, one pair in Turkey for the Istanbul Biennial in 2001, and another pair in Brazil for the Mercosul Bienal de Porto Alegre in 2004. For these two venues younger parrots learned from my first two parrots. I trained them largely through the use of recordings of my birds. Volunteers who were on site conducted lessons with the young birds and additional lessons were transmitted via the Internet. There are now a total of six Maypure' speaking parrots.
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