Twittering Machines Digital

During lockdown many of us have become more aware of the beautiful bird song around us, especially within urban environments. Twittering Machines Digital is a poetic reflection on the delicate state of bird populations, as suitable habitat becomes rarer and climate change confuses the seasons.

“It’s a brilliant study of the dissemination of language in our increasingly tech-savvy planet.” The List

Originally made for Göteborg Art Sounds Festival October 2020, due to the restrictions on live events, this is Kathy Hinde’s intimate, multi camera performance of Twittering Machines, which gives audiences a unique bird’s eye view of her work. We see Hinde’s every move as she creates this performance before our very eyes. A record player spins a vinyl recording of John Keat’s Ode to a Nightingale translated into Morse Code. Software listens in and translates the Morse Code back into text and other sounds start to interfere with the translation, interrupting Keats’ poem. Morse Code blips and beeps meld with music boxes, bird imitation toys and singing bowls.

“Fantastic film… great with the close ups and so on… wow!” Audience Member