Ann Hamilton, Mattering, 1997-98
Orange silk, live peacocks, utility pole, six wall-mounted perches, attendant, porcelain inkpot, inked typewriter ribbon, sound; 105’ x 58 ’ x 16’
Visitors walked through double doors at either end of the gallery beneath the floating horizon of orange filtered light. On the underside of this canopy, five shimmering blue and green male peacocks strutted freely or sat on one of six wall-mounted perches. Mixed with the sounds of peacocks (screeching at times) and the hushed billowing of air filling the cloth, the faint recorded sound of a vocal exercise — wherein the voice of the student mimicked the voice of his teacher — could also be heard floating downward from the ceiling of the gallery.