Ryoko Adachi

Song of Birds codex

Ryoko Adachi

Song of Birds codex



Edition Size



Inkjet, Lithograph




11.5 × 7 in

$ 1,800.00

Out of Print

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University of California, Irvine (UCI)

This is the codex version of this title, it is the last copy available, the scroll version is out of print.

“Strolling in the park, listening to birds chirping, I saw letter-like symbols among the twigs at my feet. I gathered them, photographed them, and arranged this imaginary alphabet into sentences. Looking like calligraphy, these letters mean nothing, but the emerged composition looks as if they were words uttered by nature.”

Dr. Kazuo Okanoya has supposed that the origin of a language must have been musical, like the chatter of birds, and studied the song structure of finches. Each species of bird communicates in its own song; if we understood the musical and pre-linguistic communication, what would we hear in the collective words “spoken” by non-human creatures, birds, insects, and plants?