Ben Holmes

Birds (2010)

4 min 52 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

Ducks and geese search for food thrown into a pond. Pūkeko retrieve bread from an arrangement on a lawn. On the voiceover, a mysterious voice recounts a day at the beach being surrounded by birds, and a “a little boy who came running to us” and chased the birds away.

Part of a series of instructional videos made between 2005-2010 that were sent out with different accessories as part of a mail-based participation game. Their premise was to show participants how to perform different tasks and how to take part in a covert communication system through the use of various collusive actions, markings and signals. Initially they also incorporated a points and prizes system.

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