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TARYN SIMON: FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS OF THE WEST INDIES. Daniel Baumann. George Eastman House, Rochester, 2016. Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 608 pp. with 367 col. ills. 29 x 19 cm. ISBN 9783775740920 In English.
Publisher's description: In 1936 an American ornithologist named James Bond published the definitive taxonomy Birds of the West Indies. Ian Fleming, an active bird-watcher living in Jamaica, appropriated the name for his novel's lead character. He found it "flat and colorless," a fitting choice for a character intended to be "anonymous ... a blunt instrument in the hands of the government." In Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies, Taryn Simon casts herself as James Bond (1900-89) the ornithologist, and identifies, photographs and classifies all the birds that appear within the 24 films of the James Bond franchise. The appearance of many of the birds was unplanned and virtually undetected, operating as background noise for whatever set they happened to fly into. Simon's ornithological discoveries occupy a liminal space -- confined within the fiction of the James Bond universe and yet wholly separate from it. This taxonomy of 331 birds is a precise consideration of a new nature found in an alternate reality. Taryn Simon (born 1975) is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in photography, text, sculpture and performance. Guided by an interest in systems of categorization and classification, her practice involves extensive research into the power and structure of secrecy and the precarious nature of survival.
Artist(s):Simon, Taryn
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 813630
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