Ruffled: Marvellous Spatuletail
This bird is a type of Hummingbird and has only four feathers in its tail making it unique among birds. The males are even more outstanding with their double outer tail feathers leading to two iridescent violet-blue "spatules" which can move independently.
"In Patrick Süskind’s novel, Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (1985), the anti-hero character Jean-Baptiste Grenouille uses a method known as enfleurage to extract and distil scents. Although he manages to capture a victim’s life essence in a glass bottle, it causes the captee’s demise in the process.
Harris portrays the life of a series of birds in Ruffled (2014, 2017) using code to display their essence behind the glass of high-resolution screens. Unlike Grenouille’s scents that will fade over time, however, these animations live on, ready to reactivate with each repeated viewing. One gets the sense that it will be only a short time before Harris figures out how to free these creatures from their transparent cages."
Extract from essay by Sunny Cheung
Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs
Code, software, display screen, electronics, sensor, aluminium, acrylic
Dimensions in MM:
286 (W) x 342 (H) x 72 (D) mm
Dimensions in INCHES:
11.2 (W) x 13.5 (H) x 2.8 (D) inches