Finch Rock ‘n Roll

It seems that zebra finches are not only a model system for biologists – but are also an inspiration for artists. Recently Céleste Boursier-Mougenot presented a major new commission at The Barbican (London) to highlight how the rhythms of daily life can produce sound in unexpected ways. For the installation, he created a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds went about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they created a live soundscape.