This abstract illusion is especially dramatic in Hlynsky’s “data in data out” where the bird patterns resemble the microscopic trajectory of zygotes squiggling across a giant petri dish, followed by an explosion of birds creating a black smear across the screen. Another one, “Swallows of Essex”, looks like a scene from a science fiction movie, or perhaps an Etch-a-Sketch run amok.
The filmmaker has not yet put music to these clips. Instead, he allows the mundane chatter of off-screen conversation or traffic noise to supply the soundtrack. This only adds to the unsettling nature of these videos. The quotidian presence of crows and starlings suddenly acquires a spectral weight. One wonders what a remake of Hitchcock’s The Birds would look like with this visual sleight-of-hand.
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