For the last ten days we’ve been listening and learning from the eider ducks who have been aoooing their sweethearts day and night. Selvær is a tiny windswept island in the Træna archipelago, right at the polar circle on the northwest coast of Norway.
Invited by Eva Bakkeslett we joined her ongoing collaboration Ahoo Ahoo – The Conference of the Birds, which is an interdisciplinary art project exploring the unique relationship and codependency that has formed through centuries between humans and birds.
Eyes as Big as Plates, in collaboration with biologist and multi-ologist Thomas Holm Carlsen and Eva, have been knee-high in eiderdown, waist-deep in seaweed, rolling on white sandy beaches, and most of the islands’ basements, attics and kitchens. Full story, field notes and images can be enjoyed on the Eyes as Big as Plates site.