North to South and Back::Lina Dib

North to South and Back::Lina Dib

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North to South and Back::Lina Dib

May 4 – July 7th, 2019

Opening Reception May 4th, 6-9pm

Zugunruhe is a word used to describe a certain kind of restlessness animals exhibit when they feel the compulsion to migrate. This urge to move was first reported by farmer and amateur naturalist Johann Naumann in the early 1800s. He noticed that caged migratory birds would flutter anxiously and show signs of shifting sleep patterns around the time that other birds of their species were beginning to migrate. Lina Dib’s multi-channel sound installation, North to South and Back, reflects on this observed urge to move. The work is composed primarily of bird sounds and focuses on species that migrate yearly through Houston, TX and the surrounding region. The compositions that make up this piece also include these bird sounds made by human immigrants residing or traveling through Houston, such as the artist herself. North to South and Back points to Houston’s diversity and highlights various ways that life on earth is marked by, and even sustained by, movement.

Zugunruhe isn’t the only force driving populations to traverse perilous distances in order to thrive. Several of the bird species featured in North to South and Back are in decline due to climate change, encroachment and deforestation. Acting as ghosts in the system and sentinels for the future, songs of extinct birds also join the choruses of migrating birds and humans.

This exhibit is made possible in part by the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance. Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and to the participants who contributed sounds.

Lina Dib is a multi-disciplinary artist and anthropologist. Her processes of research/creation have been supported by Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Idea Fund Grant, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and AMIDA’s European training program, among others. Her work has been presented at venues including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Johnson Space Center NASA, Day for Night, Yerba Buena Gardens, MOP Projects Sydney and the Whitney Biennial.