Opening Reception: Thursday June 16, 7:30PM
A practiced birder will recognize a species by the way the entire flock moves, each bird only keeping track of its neighbours and yet capable of holding the entire pattern in seemingly choreographed flow. In these moments, even the smallest birds perform remarkable mathematical acrobatics that shift between individual and the group in order to move as one - to avoid predators, to migrate across great distances, to feed. We rarely notice this, having grown accustomed to the birds’ presence in our cities. Their acute awareness of their surroundings makes it so they’re rarely in the way. In To Move As One, Seema Goel implicates the viewers into questioning the assumptions at the core of how we interact with art and nature; what we choose to ignore, and where our attention lies and wanders. Boulders purr at the visitors’ approach, inviting and anticipating caress with a low rumbling sound; a flock of birds rests on the wire, until startled into flight.