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Blue Bird

Laure Prouvost

UK, 2002
4 minutes, Colour, Sound, 4:3
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

In Blue Bird the beautiful Blue Bird of the title, “with a bit of red on one side”, lands amongst a flock of dowdy grey birds in a tree and proceeds to pluck their feathers one by one, applying them, “with some glue from the ground”, to the trunk and branches of the tree until it becomes “like velvet” and the naked birds now pink rather than grey huddle at the foot of the tree. All the while we are shown raw video footage of a very ordinary tree in the middle of a busy city that is supposedly the site of this unlikely drama.