Multi-channel video installation
Het Nieuwe Instituut
The project weaves together a suite of differential, multiple, visual ethnographies, and sites in which life and death intertwine with multispecies formations, soil and landscape forms. Duck decoys are tightly orchestrated spaces consisting of a large pond ending in several funnel traps, surrounded by reed screens and trees; they are catching mechanisms deployed from the fifteenth century onwards to trap wild ducks through a multi-species process. Across the Netherlands, they have become naturalised ruins, as mallard ducks have moved to urbanised areas. Material transformations, novel colonisations and changing migration patterns are engaged as signals that fold in pasts and futures into a present of haunted landscapes.