Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla’s ‘Raptor’s Rapture’, 2012 was just fantastic. The video depicts a musician, specializing in prehistoric instruments trying to play a 35,000 year old flute (the oldest musical instrument ever found) made from a bone of a Vulture. The process of experimental testing of the instrument was fascinating, as the musician teases out sounds that at once are alien primal and familiar. The piece has an added sense of surreality as the audience in the film is an ancestor of the animal from whom the instrument is made. The equivalence is somewhat disturbing and it made me think of watching pigeons pick at KFC bones on the streets of Dalston. Putting this aside however the film is beautifully shot, and the experience of going down into the bunkers, being in the cave like space with the video was very memorable. The experience was also heightened for me as I was reading William Golding’s ‘The inheritors’ about the fundamental psychological differences between Neanderthals and the first modern humans.
I don’t have any images for this piece but here is a screen grab from a google search so you get the idea.