Why do birds sing?

Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir’s artwork can best be described as an intervention into people’s daily life. is is an audio piece which will be performed at random times in places where the source of the sound is unclear. Behind this lie musings on constant connection and the invisible, yet tangible, systems which increased technology brings. The mobile phone plays an ever-growing role in the lives of most people, it almost has us in its clutches through ringtones and beeps. When it rings, we often put everything on hold to answer it or silence it. Even though it’s only for a moment, we are forced to abandon our thoughts. We have become conditioned or addicted to this regular distraction.

Text by curator Markús Þór Andrésson.

A 6 minute sound installation played at 1,5 hour intervals, 2019. Exhibited in Reykjavik’s swimming pools as a part of the public space exhibition Autumn Bulbs, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík, 2019.

Materials: 18 smartphones, 18 sim cards, 9 locked lockers in the male changing rooms and 9 locked lockers in the female changing room of a swimming pool, a computer script that calls the phones following a predeter- mined pattern.