In The Woods There Is A Bird

Olaf Nicolai

“In the woods there is a bird; his song stops you and makes you blush.
(…) And finally, whenever you are hungry and thirsty, there’s someone who chases you away“
(Arthur Rimbaud)

IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD… is both an ongoing sound and publication project by Olaf Nicolai, published as a contribution to documenta 14 and the documenta 14 radio program. It is based on archival sound material extracted from radio reports, employing radio as a source (rather than a medium of transmission): background sounds of demonstrations, riots, rallies, originally recorded for radio stations all over the world, are used as source material for this soundtrack composed of these various ‘ambiences’. The ‘real sounds’ are defined by a lack of reference that is usually added by the auditive or written indices that surround and date them. The affiliated artist book IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD… reflects not only the process of detaching, mixing, referencing and re-referencing in a visual essay. It also offers for this new composition an index and frames the recorded sounds by presenting a list of the places and dates the events. The artist book IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD…is published by Koenig Books.