Flock is an audio installation based on the movement and sound of Chinatown Centre’s most avid frequenters – the local pigeon flock. For the duration of the 2018 Toronto Art Book Fair, the recorded audio of their cooing and wings intermittently resonated throughout the venue. This intervention evoked the way humans extract and classify the reality around them in order purify and exclude what is deemed uncomfortable: considering certain animals pests, appropriating culture or gentrifying neighbourhoods are all results of this drive. The project aimed at thinking more holistically about the living and ideological ecosystems that make up our everyday.
The leaflet that accompanied the piece, mapped these local pigeons’ behaviours and included a number of surprising pigeon facts. It can be found here.