Using mirrored panels that follow the architecture of the space and reflect the texts woven into the carpet on the floor, Bik Van der Pol have conceived of an environment in the gallery that makes it possible to grasp the overwhelming collection of data related to ecology and species extinction figures. These data are derived from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, more specifically the archived list of extinct species as counted from the year 1500.
Bik van der Pol collaborated with soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause, who contributes to the installation with a selection of sounds from his archive, more specifically those produced in the 1990s in previously healthy habitats in Borneo, Costa Rica, Sumatra and Zimbabwe.
During the exhibition, the space is regularly used as a site for discursive activities that examine both the re-articulation of public and private property and the threat of such activities on natural environments: No Reading After the Internet, by Cheyanne Turions and Extraction Empire, program of short films curated by artist Charles Stankievech
1) Main voices from soundscape audio field recordings are:
Borneo (15 min.) Gibbons, cicadas, crickets, frogs, brown barbet, hornbill, squirrel, ashy tailorbird. Costa Rica (15 min.) Tinamou, tree frog, bats, cicadas, various insects, red-winged parrotlet, parrots, Pacific screech owl, slaty ant-wren, firey-billed aracary, brown howler monkeys, clay-colored robin, white-tipped dove, blue-crowned mot-mot. Sumatra (15 min.) Gibbons, siamang, orang-utan, leaf-monkey, black-browed barbet, lineated barbet, various insects, mustached babbler, white-rumped shama, rhinoceros hornbill, Argus pheasant, Malaysian-eared nightjar. Zimbabwe (15 min.) Baboons, barred owlet, scops owlet, natal francolin, freckled nightjar, cape turtle dove, ground hornbill, Egyptian goose, bearded robin, insects, frogs.