Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others
Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others is a collaboration between Julian Charrière and Julius von Bismarck which has been performed and exhibited in Copenhagen, Venice, and Berlin. While engaging the city as a robust spatial ecology of things, perceptions, movements, and constant surprise, Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others consists of a specially designed pigeon-trapping apparatus which is installed in public forums. Whilst inside of the machine, pigeons are airbrushed with vibrant, nontoxic dyes before being released back into the urban environments we all share. While the paint is harmless to the health of the pigeons, it destabilizes the safety of our perceptions concerning the roles of art, institutions, and urban animals—including humans––when different species interact in public spaces, the space of their rights, and of our everyday lives. Painted pigeons reenter the public sphere as a new species of sorts, charging those which co-constitute the city to reorientate their perceptions and renegotiate the terms on which they cohabitate.