Bimblebox 153 Birds

Fly with me into Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Alana Brekelmans

Fly with me into Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds was first exhibited during May, 2015.

153 Artists created 153 artworks.  153 writers created 153 poems & prose.  153 musicians interpreted the written onomatopoeia and mnemonic notations for  these birds creating 153 bird calls.  This is Bimblebox 153 Birds.

Here you will see some photos of the Bimblebox 153 birds exhibition and events and hear some of the writers and musicians audios.  Bimblebox 153 Birds is now an extensive collection and I can only give you a taste of it here.  I intend to add more photos of the artwork as well as writers’ and musicians’ compilations to this website over several months.

photo Alana Brekelmans

photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds was exhibited at the Impress Printmakers Studio and Gallery, Brisbane in May 2015.  It was astonishing to see so many species of birds filling the gallery.  Audio of the writers poetry & prose mixed with the musicians bird calls played into the gallery.  A listening station provided the opportunity to choose to listen through headphones to any of the audios by the writers and musicians.  Also provided in folders were printed copies of the bird inspired poetry and prose.

Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe opens Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Jennifer Eurell.

Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO opens Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Jennifer Eurell.

Bimblebox 153 Birds was officially opened by Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO.  Ian gave an inspired, informative, and entertaining opening address.  Ian spoke to us about the global, national, local and personal cost of developing more coal mines and in particular what we risk losing by destroying the Bimblebox Nature Refuge for coal mining.  Ian reminded us with his compelling insight and all encompasing science that Climate Change is the great challenge to ongoing life on planet Earth, our home.  Ian spoke about the myriad forms of life that make up the incredible biodiversity of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge and finished his address with a poem penned especially for this occaision. Ian Lowe is also a contributing writer to Bimblebox 153 Birds with his poem about that much loved iconic Australian bird – the Galah.

The Galah, Poet Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe, Musician Stephen Bradbury on Moog LP, Doepfer Dark Energy Boss Loop Station RC-30, Moog Moogerfooger MF103 Phaser.  Compilation and mixing by Boyd.

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening, photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening, photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening, photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening, photo Alana Brekelmans

Alison Clouston presents Jill Sampson with a boquet of beautiful flowers in thank you for the Bimblebox Art Project and Bimblebox 153 Birds. photo Jennifer Eurell.

Alison Clouston presents Jill Sampson with a boquet of beautiful flowers as thank you for the Bimblebox Art Project and Bimblebox 153 Birds. photo Jennifer Eurell.

Coordinator and Curator Jill Sampson at the opening of Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Alana Brekelmans.

Coordinator and Curator of Bimblebox 153 Birds Jill Sampson, photo Alana Brekelmans.

The Wandering Whistling Duck, Writer Peter Shepherd, Musician Markus Kuchenbuch, flute in C. Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening, photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening, photo Alana Brekelmans

Pied Cormorant, Poet Victoria Norton, Musician Vanessa Tomlinson and clocked out percussion. Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening photo Alana Brekelmans

Bimblebox 153 Birds opening, photo Alana Brekelmans

Reading through the writers pieces at Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Alana Brekelmans. the

Reading through the writers pieces at Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Alana Brekelmans.

The Squatter Pigeon, Poet Bob Pacey, Musician David Joseph on percussion.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd

Gerald Soworka wiht his artwork at the opening of Bimblebox 153 birds, photo Jill Sampson.

Gerald Soworka with his artwork of a wedgetailed eagle chick, at the opening of Bimblebox 153 birds, photo Jill Sampson.

Wedge-tailed Eagle, Poet Rachael Mead, Musician Colin Offord on Wedgetailed eagle Feather Flute.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Alison Clouston and Boyd at the opening of Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo by Alana Brekelmans.

Alison Clouston (artist) and Boyd (sound compilation and mixing for 153 birds) at the opening of Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo by Gabrielle Sheldon.

Rufous Songlark by Poet DA Carter and Musician Brian Ritchie on shakuhachi.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Artist and Writer Brenda Dyack enjoys listening to the writers and Musicians, photo Alana Brekelmans

Artist and Writer Brenda Dyack enjoys listening to the writers and Musicians, photo Alana Brekelmans

Hooded Robin, Poet Brenda Dyack, Musician Jocelyn Moen, voice.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Afternoon tea!

Afternoon tea with Birds! photo Jennifer Eurell.

This next group of photos show how the exhibition looked in the gallery across the six wall panels.  The idea was for the birds to lead the visitor in toward the great flock of birds and to try to create some visual movement akin with the way flocks of birds sometimes group, pull apart and re-group.

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds photo Paula Quintela

Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Paula Quintela

Bird watching in the gallery, photo Jill Sampson.

Bird watching in the gallery, photo Jill Sampson.

Writer Jane Frank shares her poem about the Grey-fronted Honeyeater with son Euan, photo Jill Sampson

Writer Jane Frank shares her poem about the Grey-fronted Honeyeater with her son Euan, photo Jill Sampson

Grey-fronted Honeyeater, Poet Jane Frank, Musician Marisa Allen, voice. Compiled and mixed by Boyd

listening to the writers and musicians photo Jill Sampson

listening to the writers and musicians, photo Jill Sampson

Brown Falcon, Poet Ariel Gordon, Musician Myf Turpin on piano.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

On the final weekend of the exhibition I gave a talk about Bimbleblebox 153 birds and invited the artists that were in attendance to speak about their artwork, while writer Gabrielle Sheldon read her poem.  Jo Bragg from EDO Qld was also able to give us an update on how the Bimblebox Nature Refuge currently stands with the proposed coal mining plans to resume and mine the property. The afternoon talks were an informal session which was also a lot of fun.  Thank you to everyone who came along and to all that spoke and contributed.

Artist Karen Kaese talks about her Dusky Woodswallow artwork, photo Jo Bragg

Artist Karen Kaese talks about her Dusky Woodswallow artwork (to Karen’s right), photo Jo Bragg

Dusky Woodswallow, Poet Beth Jackson, Musician Peter McIlwain on synth vocoder.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Christal George talks about her artwork of the Channel-billed Cuckoo, photo Jo Bragg

Artist Christal George talks about her artwork of the Channel-billed Cuckoo, photo Jo Bragg

The Channel-billed Cuckoo, Poet Lorne Johnson, Musician Ron Nagorcka on didjeridu.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Writer Gabrielle Sheldon reads her poem about the White-throated Gerygone, photo Jo Bragg

Writer Gabrielle Sheldon reads her poem about the White-throated Gerygone, photo Jo Bragg

White-throated Gerygone, Poet Gabrielle Sheldon, Musician Kjell Samkopf on vibraphone.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Jo Bragg listening to the writers and musicians, photo Jill Sampson

Jo Bragg selecting writers and musicians to listen to, photo Jill Sampson

Artist Linda Douglas with her artwork for the Red-chested Button Quail photo Jill Sampson

Artist Linda Douglas with her artwork for the Red-chested Button Quail (eyline right), photo Jill Sampson

Red-chested Button Quail, Poet Lou Steer “A twitchers diary”, Musician Ian Ahles on guitar.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Artist Glenda Orr with her artwork for the Bush Stone Curlew (lower right), photo Jill Sampson

Artist Glenda Orr with her artwork for the Bush Stone Curlew (lower right), photo Jill Sampson

Bush Stone Curlew, Poet Hazel Hall, Musician Colin Offord on Eagle Feather Flute, Bamboo Horn and Bamboo Windpipe.  Compiled and mixed by Boyd.

Jill Sampson reads Channel billed Cuckoo poem by Lorne Jonson 2 photo Jo Bragg

Jill Sampson reading Lorne Johnson’s Channel billed Cuckoo poem, photo Jo Bragg

Next Bimblebox 153 Birds will be installed at the Brisbane Writers Festival as part of  Ampers&nd, 2 – 6 September. See BWF

Thank you to:

Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO for his speech to officially open Bimblebox 153 Birds.

Boyd who coordinated the musicians, then compiled and mixed the musicians bird calls with the writers audio.  Boyd and Alison also flew up and helped install.

Glenda Orr for her support, advice and help on many aspects of Bimblebox 153 Birds

Alana Brekelmans, Paula Quintela, Jennifer Eurell, Gabrielle Sheldon & Jo Bragg and your wonderful photographs.

The install crew:  Glenda, Alison, Boyd and Jacek

Susan Goddard for her amazing work to coordinate the afternoon tea at the opening and thank you to Gerald and everyone else who helped to set up,  brought the teapots, coffee pots and urn and all of you who brought a plate of food to share.

Jody MacDonald for writing and distributing the press releases.

Thank you to the artists who donated extra artworks for sales.  Many people purchased bird prints at the opening and the money raised offset the hire of the gallery and some other costs associated with the exhbition.

Thank you goes to all the amazing Artists, Writers and Musicians who have each contributed an artwork, written piece or musical bird call interpretation for the birds of Bimblebox.  Without each of you believing in this project it would not have been possible!  Over the two years of building 153 BirdsI have shared with you some of your joys and sadnesses through our emails, as life and all it brings continues apace.  It has been a joy to connect with you all and I feel I have made many friends along the way.  Thank you for your support, committment and trust.  Thank you especially for giving a voice to the Birds of Bimblebox.

And just one more thank you – to my family.  Just like everyone else we have been through a great deal over the time Bimblebox 153 Birds was being built and it has been wonderful to see this collection of Bimblebox birds emerge into the world.

Jill Sampson

19 responses to “Bimblebox 153 Birds

  1. Apologies the audios don’t appear to be working. I’ve again sought help from wordpress. When I asked them last week their response was that the audios were working, which is why I published this post tonight. Jill

  2. What a mamoth job this must have been and what an extraordinary exhibition it is…wishing I could have been there in the flesh but via cyperspace gives me a wonderful taste. Thank you for inviting me to write a piece on the Tawny Frogmouth, our wonderful birds need as much protection as well as rights to live as we can give them.

  3. Congratulations Jill, Just wonderful, we’ve sent it on to our family and friends, Jenny and Peter Rogers

    Sent from my iPad

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  4. Is anyone able to get the audio to play? I haven’t heard anything yet from wordpress support. It is very frustrating not to be able to hear the writers and musicians – it is like the birds have been silenced!

      • Thanks Sharon, wonderful to hear from you and thanks for your positive comments and support. Most of all thanks for beign a part of this. I am still unable to hear the audio! I’m glad you have been able to enjoy them as they are very special and such an integral part of Bimblebox 153 Birds. Jill

  5. Hi Bimbleboxers, Great to see the exhibition pics and get a little of the buzz from what was clearly a great event. Would like to hear some of the sound if possible – maybe I’m just too remote? But in the meantime, congratulations to all involved especially co-ordinators and curator!!

    • Hi Fiona, wonderful to hear your thoughts and also to have your involvement in this project. I’m sorry you can’t hear the audios. They are a really beautiful and thought provoking part of the project. I can’t play them in my normal browser (firefox), but wordpress suggested I try a different browser (Google Chrome) and so I did and I can play them now, but they do take a bit of time to load. I don’t know why they don’t work with firefox (even after clearing all the browser history as suggested). Maybe try playing them next time you are in the city.

  6. Fantastic compilation Jill!! And thank you for including me, I’m proud to be a part of your peaceful yet powerful protest. b

  7. Cheer Jill seems to have gone off well. no cannot play the audio but would like to hear them all any way this can happen >

    Well done Bob

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