Some years ago, a small flock of starlings started gathering in my neighbour’s tree. They were part of the bigger murmuration that famously gathers around Brighton’s pier to roost in the evening under the wooden structure. My neighbour hated them, and would slam the door to startle them and make them leave her tree. She hated them so much, that in the end she cut the tree down.
My neighbour’s behaviour and the display of birds that I could easily witness out of my window made me think of how much there is to learn from the amazing self-organising and cooperative skills that starlings have, and made me wish they were contagious to humans.
I decided then to create Murmuration, a nomadic movement chorus that would teach us to pay attention to each other and to our living environment. By mimicking the organisational skills and emergent decentralised behaviour that starlings seem to follow when flying in murmurations, big groups of people will develop synchronicity, empathy, and self-awareness, as much as a conversation piece to talk about our responsibility towards each other and towards our environment.
Murmuration will be taken into schools all along the United Kingdom, following the starlings’ path of migration from Belfast to Brighton, starting in Brighton in October 2016. It will also be performed at Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires in May 2016.
If you want to know more about this project please contact Claudia.