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Birds is a performative film exploring choreography in everyday life. Filmed in an aviary in the Highlands with two simultaneous cameras using a documentary approach, the work captures real life moments, which are later edited to resemble a theatrical performance. While the birds are flying, jumping, and playing in the space, the eye of the camera delimitates and chooses what is part of the performance and what is not. The frame becomes a stage, which the birds can enter or leave as they please, highlighting everyday moments, and mixing the real with the performative. The film attends to the non-ordinary in everyday life, exploring the edge between reality and the potential for construction. A performance of the everyday unfolds in the film in a contemplative and meditative nature, as nothing else happens in the piece.

  • Inês Coelho
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • Fictional Matters
    United Kingdom
    December 4, 2016
Director Biography - Inês Coelho

Inês Bento Coelho is a visual artist and researcher based in Glasgow. She is currently a doctoral researcher at The Glasgow School of Art supported by the FCT Foundation. Her PhD project, Choreography as a Visual Arts Method, focuses on developing a choreographic approach to installation making. Recent projects include workroom at The Work Room residency, Tramway; and Birds, shown at Fictional Matters at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Inês holds an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her work has been exhibited in Portugal, and UK since 2008.

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