“Minor” Ornithologies Laia Estruch

This podcast, accompanying Laia Estruch’s performance project for TBA21 on st_age, is hosted by curator, writer, and lifelong birder Max Andrews. It takes flight into the realm of birds, looking at politics and practices that disrupt dominant historical narratives and exceed scientific and cultural boundaries. Alex Holt is a spokesperson for Bird Names for Birds, a movement to decolonise bird names, and Hollis Taylor is a zoömusicologist specializing in birdsong. Through their perspectives we glimpse new and speculative kinds of human–bird narratives; what Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin have described as “minor ornithologies.” 

Audio transcript here.

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27/09 2022
Alex Holt and Hollis Taylor

Audio clips:
PIED BUTCHERBIRD SINGING. “Wordsworth” abandons formal song with a coda of mimicry, recorded 28 September 2007 on Wordsworth Road, N Queensland at 4:10am. © Hollis Taylor / piedbutcherbird.net

SUPERB LYREBIRD SINGING. Audio clip #5: Mimicry of birdsong and two flute phrases from a “flute lyrebird” recorded at Enfield State Forest (130 kilometres from Allan’s Water) at 6:53 a.m. on 16 June 2013 by Hollis Taylor. © Hollis Taylor / flutelyrebird.com

Cover image: Fernando Sendra | TBA21


The concept of "Minor Ornithology" was coined by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin in 2013 and is their title of an ongoing series of multidisciplinary collaborations within their curatorial framework Reassembling the Natural / reassemblingnature.org and their edited publication, These Birds of Temptation (K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2021).

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