Ruffled: Spix Macaw
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Ruffled: Spix Macaw

2014
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Cyanopsitta spixii
Little is known about the Spix Macaw's behavior as research only really began when only three known birds remained in the wild. It is known that these birds ate berries and fruit and nested in tree hollows. It is the most endangered and this is because they are endemic to a very particular habitat in the northeastern part of Brazil called Bahia.

"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.
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Extract from essay by Sunny Cheung

Year:

2014

Edition:

Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs

Materials:

Code, software, display screen, electronics, sensor, aluminium, acrylic

Details:

Dimensions in MM:

Large:
446 (W) x 518 (H) x 72 (D) mm

Dimensions in INCHES:

Large:
17.5 (W) x 20.3 (H) x 2.8 (D) inches

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