Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller: The Murder of Crows

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's “The Murder of Crows” is a surrealistic sound installation inspired in part by Goya's famous etching “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.” This hallucinatory work depicts a man asleep with owls and bats swooping menacingly around his head; Cardiff and Miller's title also refers to the habit among crows of flocking to a dead crow and cawing collectively, often for over a day, in a “crow funeral.” The installation is composed of 98 speakers that visually mimic the flocking crows and issue both ambient and musical sounds, and a desk (mimicing Goya) with a megaphone from which Cardiff's voice relays a series of dreams. This artist's book account of the project — as well as selected earlier projects — includes documents, interviews with the artists, ornithological and literary texts referring to crows, plus a DVD and 3-D reproductions with glasses.

Details

Place of publication

Ostfildern

Publisher

Hatje Cantz

Year

2011

Number of pages

112 pages

Language

English

ISBN

9783775731775

Open stacks or available on request

Open stacks

Illustrations

Yes

Bibliography

No

UDC code and author sign

705.1 2010

Volumes

1

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