GD Goenka University
3652 EARTH DAYS’ is a 42-second video. I have used the sound of the last Kauai O’o bird recorded back in 1987 – a male bird’s mating call for a female who would never come. This little bird did not know he was the last of his kind left on the planet. He died the same year and with that ended yet another beautiful species due to human encroachment into natural habitats.
The haunting sound of the last bird feels like it is calling into the void. It moved me to the core and made me think of what we are doing in the name of so called ‘development’. It makes me question why we have destroyed millions of acres of jungle, polluted rivers, ruined countless natural habitats of wildlife and completely swept away thousands of species in just a couple of centuries. For what?
This work “3652 Earth days” is a point of juxtaposition of two totally opposite events, which took place within a span of 10 years. We launched Voyager 1 in 1977 in the hope of finding life outside earth and in 1987, almost 10 years later, another species becomes extinct here. The sound used is a remix of the original recording by H. Douglas Pratt in 1987, remixed by Robert Davis in 2009.