Sound from the north

Sound from the north


sound performance by pigeons
Location: Victoria Park, Hong Kong




The existing condition of pigeon connects with my experience of living in  Beijing and Hong Kong. On documentary and reenactment, bird-history and human history, I use images, contextual intervention and performative elements to depict stories that are triggered by hearing and sensory neurons. The creative process combines interviews, the study of pigeon whistle and field inspection of wild bird’s black spot and developed to three piece of work, Black Bird Island, Sound from the North and Fall Like a Feather.


Sound From the North

The practice of fitting whistle on racing pigeon, which is common in the northern part of China but rare in Hong Kong. On 2017 June 4, I fitted 7 whistles represents 7 notes on the wild pigeons in Hong Kong Victoria Park. And let the pigeons perform the sound at their own way and own time.

In this work, I invited the audience to go to Victoria Park from 2017 June 4 to October (until the whistle fell off when the feather renewed), to wait and hear this unexpected sound performance. At the same time, the piece also respond to the Hong Kong legislature on discussing the possibility to enforce the National Anthem Law, a law that has since been passed in Mainland China.

“Freedom. All the music is freedom.”