May 28, 2024

Preview: Birds2013, Aristophanes and the internet #birds2013

Birds2013 is a play by Daniel Kelly tracing the development and current role of the Internet and weaves its story into Aristophanes classical Greek play Birds. The protagonists of Birds set out to build ‘a city greater than Athens’ named Cloud Cuckoo Land, Birds2013 compares this utopian thinking to that of those who set about building the Internet and eventually the World Wide Web.

The script is collaged together from Peter Meineck’s 1998 translation of Birds, quotes from Tim Berners-Lee’s novel Weaving The Web, 2000 and features tweets covering a myriad of issues that play out on social media on a daily basis.


The set design for Birds2013 will be created in response to the play by artists, Jesse Wine and Samara Scott. In 2012 Wine had a solo exhibition at Limoncello and will exhibit at this year’s Frieze New York; Scott was the winner of the Converse/Dazed 2012 Emerging Artists Award. Das Hund (artists Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski) have been commissioned to create a live musical intervention within the performance. Earlier this year they performed at Cell Project Space and the Zabludowicz Collection for the Art Licks Artist Commission. Artist Patrick Coyle, who will read the part of Tim Berners-Lee has recently delivered performances at the Zabludowicz Collection, Alma Enterprises, Wysing Arts Centre and the ICA, London. Also reading around the Net will be artist Dan Davis.  His forth coming solo exhibtion will be at FOLD Gallery London he has recently performed with Melt at Chisnehale Gallery. Lucy Woodhouse will be providing live video mixing projections, her recentshow Exchange Ecossais was at Embassy Gallery Edinburgh A catalogue will accompany the performance with an introduction by Daniel Kelly and an essay by writer Elizabeth Johnson.

Daniel Kelly graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2007. He has exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery and Somerset House, Courtauld Institute and is in the upcoming ‘Paper’ show at the Saatchi Gallery. Kelly’s most recent project The Pirates of Carthage had a successful run in the Nellie Dean Pub in the West End, was performed on Resonance FM and formed part of the Norwich and Norfolk Festival in 2012.


Performance:  22-24 May 2013 7.30pm (drinks at 7pm)


Venue: St George’s church Bloomsbury, 6-7 Little Russell St. WC1A 2SA

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