The Conference of the Birds
Eva Bakkeslett, FugleAdvokatene and Arild Breistøl

 ©Eyes as Big as Plates # Thomas (Norway 2022), Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen.
© Eyes as Big as Plates # Thomas (Norway 2022), Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen.

Bergen Kunsthall invites for an afternoon of talks and a walk to learn about creative, inclusive and active ways to coexist with birds in a more-than-human world. Eva Bakkeslett will present the project “The Conference of the Birds” and the contributions by artists in Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Agnieszka Pysz and Jenny Micko from FugleAdvokatene (Bird Advocates) will talk about how one can become a bird activist helping birds in need, and Arild Breistøl, Senior Technician at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and active in BirdLife Norway Hordaland will introduce us to our bird neighbours in Bergen on a revealing birdwalk around Lille Lungegårdsvannet.

Birds are in dire straits. Even though birds are important parts of our eco systems, we build in their nesting areas, fish their food from the seas and the industrial scope of our agriculture and forestry doesn’t take birds needs into account. In addition, manmade climate change is making it difficult for birds to survive in their familiar habitats. How can we better understand birds needs and role in the world? How can art and science communicate bird perspectives?

Eva Bakkeslett is an artist, cultural activist and curator. Her work conveys connections between nature and culture as a living organism, often in the form of socially engaged and inclusive projects. Communication across species boundaries is central to her work. Eva Bakkeslett holds an MA in Arts & Ecology from Dartington College of Arts in England and lives on Engeløya in Norway.

BirdLife Norway is a voluntary nature conservation organization with a primary focus on birds and bird protection. The organization was founded in 1957 and was titled the Norwegian Ornithological Society (NOF) until 2021. An important part of their work is to act as a link between different bird enthusiasts across the country. Conservation of bird species and their habitats is absolutely central to the association’s work.

Fugleadvokatene (Bird Advocates) is a non-profit organization engaged in the rescue and rehabilitation of urban birds, as well as public awareness campaigns aimed at changing negative attitudes towards urban birds and improving their living conditions. The organization was founded in 2018 and has volunteers in Bergen and Oslo.

Talk and bird walk
Sat 2 Mar

First part: In English
Second part and bird walk: In Norwegian