A morning in 1953 (Messiaen Reversed, Birds Released)
Artists: Joanna Malinowska + C.T. Jasper
Location: John Hartell Gallery
Dates: Sep 15-Oct 7, 2022 (Reception Sep 15 5pm)
This project is based on Réveil des Oiseaux (Awakening of Birds), a composition for piano and orchestra by the legendary Modernist composer, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1982), which premiered in 1953. Our project attempts to reverse and undo Messiaen’s original process of transcribing bird calls of 38 species and reconstruct the entire score by using the actual birds calls of the species Messiaen treated as his “prototypes”, and completely remove the sounds of man-made, man-played instruments. It will be a form of sonic montage that faithfully follows the notation by Messiaen, yet completely made out of recordings of all 38 kinds of birds studied by the composer.
This event is part of the 2022 Cornell Biennial, curated by Timothy Murray and sponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts. The Biennial features the works of 40+ artists throughout Cornell’s Ithaca campus from July through December 2022. See all of the artists and events here.