The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus


The dawn chorus occurs when birds sing at the start of a new day. In temperate countries this is most noticeable in spring when the birds are either defending a breeding territory or trying to attract a mate. In a given location, it is common for different species to do their dawn singing at different times. In a study of the Ecuadoran forest, it was determined that birds perching higher in the trees and birds with larger eyes tend to pipe up first. These correlations may be caused by the fact that both would also correlate with the amount of light perceived by the bird.

The publication ´The Dawn Chorus´ is based on an exhibition by Nishiko and Marieke van´t Zet. During two weeks they researched the intangible natural surroundings of the project space, a bunker in Westbroekpark, focussing on the physical contrast between the dark space inside and the light outdoor area.

original screen prints
printed by Zeefdrukkerij Kees Maas Amsterdam
design Ayumi Higuchi
edition of 50