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Hanna Tuulikki

Hanna Tuulikki is a British-Finnish artist, composer and performer based in Scotland. Through multi-disciplinary projects, she investigates how the body communicates beyond and before words through imitation, vocalisation and gesture. Engaging largely in place-responsive creative processes, in the exhibition she presents newly produced works from her recent performance for Glasgow Cathedral The Bird That Never Flew (2023), featuring a song-cycle for three voices, manipulated field recordings, electronics, and bowed psaltery, punctuated with gestural choreography. A visual score, bringing to life the lyrical meaning and gestures of the work, will be joined by an audio recording after July “swirl”.

The Bird That Never Flew explores Glasgow Cathedral’s roots in ornithological entanglements, bringing together sacred lament and ecological political protest to raise the alarm for critically endangered birds impacted by ecological degradation, habitat loss, disease and climate chaos. The song-cycle, narrated by the robin, translates the alarm calls of UK red-listed woodland birds: the Mistle thrush, Capercaillie, Nightingale, Wood warbler, Tree pipit and Greenfinch.

the bird that never flew (composition) (2023) 41 minutes
Composed by Hanna Tuulikki, and performed by Lucy Duncombe, Mischa Macpherson and Hanna Tuulikki. Recorded 2023-24 by Hanna Tuulikki, mixed with Tommy Perman and mastered by Sam Annand. Robin and dawn chorus recordings by Pete Smith. All other bird recordings from Xeno-Canto. Performance commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland with Arts&Heritage.

The bird that never flew (visual score) ( 2024)
Two-colour screenprint on somerset satin white 112 x 76cm Edition of 18 prints with 2 APs The production of the visual score was supported by Timespan and Arts&Heritage, and printed by Anupa Gardner at Edinburgh Printmakers.