Minor Ornithology

Minor Ornithology is an ongoing project within the framework of Reassembling the Natural; it considers avifauna and their role in the development of human knowledge, aesthetics, and culture from a variety of perspectives and across a wide range of media. To date, this investigation into Minor Ornithology has been manifest in exhibitions, across different public programs and research talks, and through publications and writing.

As part of the 15th Jakarta Biennale (2013), Etienne Turpin also curated the performance and installation piece “For a Minor Ornithology” at the bird market Pasar Burung Pramuka in Jakarta, accompanied by an essay co-authored with Anna-Sophie Springer. Other selected instantiations of Minor Ornithology include Springer’s essay Inter Folia Aves: Reading Birdbooks as Curatorial-Editorial Constellations” (2016); the workshop “Necroaesthetics: Life and Death of Natural History” (ECAL, 2016); the workshop “Little Birds / Little Machines” (Berlin Natural History Museum, 2015), organized for SYNAPSE in collaboration with the ornithologists, Frank Steinheimer and Sylke Frahnert; and, a presentation Springer gave in the framework of Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc’s panel at the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014).

Entitled These Birds of Temptation, the “minor ornithology” exhibition will be continued in 2018 through the sixth volume of the intercalations: paginated exhibitions series, which Springer and Turpin co-edit for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt with support by the Schering Stiftung.

Other forthcoming instantiations of this project will be announced as they are confirmed.