It’s in My Nature
As certain spaces and times have become over-saturated, due to urbanization and the population explosion, certain (animal) species have began withdrawing to underpopulated landscapes and unoccupied times – into the night. We understand these withdrawals as a search for solutions that could lead to a ‘better quality of life’, an existence that would be better than the one offered to us by over-saturated spaces-times.
Because of the culling, disease, shrinking of the natural habitat and living environment of the already decimated wolf packs, humans are counting wolf packs and its members, mapping their paths, statistically recording their minimal growth or decline. While researchers and volunteers try to count wolfs’ current population on the terrain on the one hand, demands by stock breeders, hunter organizations, illegal shootings by wild hunters, numerous traffic accidents after wolfs crossing roads at night-time are constantly reducing those numbers on the other hand. A cynical paradox, so present and embedded in human society, shows its real face here as well: first, we take their land and resources; then we limit their numbers according to remained territories; and at the very end, classifying them as endangered species, we launch calls to protect them.
With the above mentioned, Zorman approached his It’s in My Nature composition creating a sound work as a fluctuating collective echoing night scream against loneliness, despair, solitude, isolation and surrender.
A frightening and beautiful sound from a distant nocturnal landscape. When howling, wolves acoustically mark their environment and connect with their pack members. They holler on clear, calm nights, preferably during the period of twilight or at the onset of the night. Wolf howling forms and defines most relationships in the community as a means of communication. Collective instinct, joint action, and common decisions always prevail over the individual. The age of the Anthropocene is marked by dense urbanization, demand for higher productivity of work, and the proliferation of individualism.
The democratic need to listen to the opinions of groups, or to other voices, is gradually being reduced. What can we learn from wolves? About connecting, participating and the responses of an individual to the community? Or about mutual respect between different packs and their territories? Could we consider wolf howling as a good example of possible sustainable relationships between citizens as well as other beings in our biosphere?
by Irena Pivka (concept, video and illustrations)
Brane Zorman (conduction and composition),
Irena Pivka, Jasmina Založnik (text)
Cyprus Howling team conducted by Hayal Gezer