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Sound of Urban Birds Showcased in WAG Exhibit

March 17, 2011 6:21 AM | Entertainment

By Sarah Klein

An exhibit opening March 31 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery will showcase the fascination one Winnipeg artist has with birds.

Erika Lincoln has long been studying how urban birds incorporate the sounds of the city — car horns, mobile phone rings and traffic crossing signals — into their repertoire of songs, creating a hybrid call.

Erika Lincoln: The Singing Condition” will have a free public opening at 7 p.m. on the 31st.

“The Singing Condition presents an electronic manifestation of bird culture, one that adapts and adjusts to the ubiquitous presence of technology in a similar mode to that which we humans are experiencing in a simultaneous fashion,” said Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography. “This exhibition does not intend to any offer answers or create any political position. Instead it brings to light how other living creatures are inhabiting the urban space which we have created to house our own technological advances.”

The exhibit continues at the WAG until June 12.