1,500 Red-Crowned Cranes

4-channel sound installation, transducer sound objects, found objects. Cardinal, Baltimore, MD, 2019. 

1,500 Red-Crowned Cranes is a sound installation and exhibition about bodies in migration, the consequences of borders and boundaries, and the imaginative potential of in-between spaces. The title is a reference to the endangered animals that live in the heavily guarded Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.

In the window and on the central tables in the gallery, origami paper cranes are folded for the duration of the exhibition, with the goal being to fold one for every migratory crane left in the world. Conservationists have placed that number around 1,500 – 2,500.

The sound tables allow the audience to listen to sounds by placing their head directly on the surface of the table. A long high shelf runs the perimeter of the room, and features personal and impersonal objects, intimate and neglected, just slightly visible from the ground.

A four-channel sound installation created a liminal sonic space by using pink, violet, and low frequency noise as the foundation of the composition.

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