Colony

The Arctic tern makes the longest annual migratory journey of any bird on Earth – all the way from Arctic to Antarctic and back again. Colony, by visual artist Yulia Kovanova and sound artist Lars Koens, both celebrates the tern’s free flight over every human-imagined border on our planet, and hints at other invisible limitations that might affect such a journey, such as record breaking global temperatures and the changing borders of whole continents. The space is hung with sculpted clusters of circles, based on images of the tern in flight, and filled with a looped minimal electronic score: circles and circles, ceaselessly rounding back on themselves.