Actual Birds Cover Sonic Youth (in Spirit)

French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, in a soon-to-open commissioned installation for the Barbican gallery in London, has set up perches of guitars and other auditory objects for a flock of very cute zebra finches to pluck at with their orange beaks and tiny talons. The coincidental result of their improvised strumming sounds akin to early Sonic Youth. Apparently, the light dissonance of Thurston Moore attacking his guitar with a screwdriver didn’t die out in 1984 (actually, he still plays like that), it just transferred to some canary cousins.

POSTED January 21, 2010 5:15PM IN ART+CULTURE VIDEO

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