“(…) You stumble upon an article during preparations for your show: „It was on Sunday 1 December 2012 and the bird watcher Aivar V. was lucky enough to get the pictures right away, but first it was not clear, what it was, because the species is missing from the guidebooks of Europe,” said Margus O., chairman of the Bird Rarities Committee of the Estonian Ornithological Society. „These pictures spread quickly on the Internet and the species was soon determined.” The Fox Sparrow became the 386th bird species spotted in Estonia. The appearance of the rare Fox Sparrow in Estonia could be explained in a similar way as the appearance of nearly all outermost distant rarities that pass through the region – something went wrong on their migration route. The bird may have been hit by a storm and blown across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. As for Passerines, another assumption is that after being out thrown off route across the Atlantic Ocean, due to a storm or other reason, physically exhausted, they may take a ship to rest on, and travel towards Europe.
The digital troposphere interrupts unrequested: ”Which extinct animal are you?” You spend a few minutes finding out what it is and share the news, alongside your calculated personal carbon footprint figures on the social media platform of your choice. But this doesn’t attenuate the inevitable gravitational pull of boredom. You start descending and the igneous plasma layer thickens. It is you that is passing gently, silently, unnoticed through the rarefied exosphere, dipping into the digital nebula. And then out again. Atmospheric density increases exponentially with depth. The escalation window remains open long enough for the chondritic remnants of your body to touch yourself just where you really like it, before it gets dark again. Still, bodies and concepts lose the war against time. And if this interweaving is as intimate as it feels, you’d rather be shockwave-dispersed ashes than dust. Suddenly, no, every now and then, someone else becomes bright enough to be possibly seen from the distance like a shooting star. You drink Verismo® Guatemala Antigua Espresso and someone else falls into a coma.”
Excerpt from Maximilian Schmoetzer’s text.
Maximilian Schmoetzer is an artist living and working in Berlin. He studied at Kunstakademie Duesseldorf before transferring to the University of Arts Berlin to study with Hito Steyerl. His work uses a strong narrative component to make sense of our ever more responsive and networked surroundings. Since 2014 he’s part of the Research Center for Proxy Politics. Recent participations include “dis order – Patterns and structures in the collection“ at Folkwang Museum, “The School of Kyiv” Kyiv Biennale in Ukraine and “Summer of Films“ at KOW Gallery Berlin.
A Rare Bird in Estonia
by Maximilian Schmoetzer
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