Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
I started taking walks at sunset to feel better. It was January of 2021, nearly a year into the COVID pandemic. On these antidepressant walks, I kept running into crows, participating in their own sunset ritual, hundreds of them in a raucous shimmering black net. They flew around the city, my hometown, gathering, gossiping, and ultimately sleeping together in trees. I was both intoxicated by and jealous of the nightly crow party—standing under them was my only crowd experience in nine months. For the next three months, I tracked them every night I could. My solo practice of paying the crows attention grew into a participatory art project. The 50 human participants were my community in Providence: my classmates, partner, students, professors, mother, childhood friends. I had the urge to share the crow crowd with my crowd, keeping the parameters of human engagement loose enough to leave room for chaos, refusal, or play. Each walk was different: the crows took a different route, the weather changed. I invited the more performative humans to bring something to share: a poem, a song, a dance, a ritual. I shot video and wrote journal entries documenting each night’s quest. In this thesis book, I have modified my journal to tell you the story of the project, which began with these participatory walks and developed into a video installation. You will get to know the humans and crows whose labor, play, and care intermingled to make the piece. I will bring you into the mess and joy of making work about non-human animals as a human—and the complications, limits, and possibilities brought up by paying close attention to specific communities of crows and humans.
Winkler, Hannah Lutz, "Everyone I have every crowed with 2021-" (2021). Masters Theses. 807.
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