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The Murder of Crows. Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

Visual Arts

This iconic sound installation produced by Matadero Madrid in collaboration with TBA21, and presented for the first time in Spain, is part of Cardiff and Miller‘s exploration into the sculptural and physical attributes of sound. It is conceived like a film or a play, but one whose images and narrative structures are created by the sound. The piece takes its inspiration from The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters by Francisco de Goya (Caprichos, 1799) and sounds and noises roam the space of the exhibition like the owls and bats that flit around the sleeper in Goya’s etching. The installation becomes a requiem for a world that has lost its bearings, where a dearth of reason has brought forth unimaginable atrocities, madness, and catastrophe.