For the Birds


October 28, 2020

A moving image work by Bill Orisich

I respond to image-making, editing and sound design as a sculptor/improvisational musician does to his raw materials – carving, shaping, chipping away and ultimately form taking shape. Chance, improvisation, experimentation and collaboration give way offering surprises, depth and clarity directing the work into uncharted territory. Incorporating analog with cutting edge digital technology offers an ever-changing playground expanding the realm and reality of imaginative possibilities.

For the Birds originated as a music/sound design piece created during the pandemic and throughout quarantine and is part of a new album entitled sequestered. The work sets up a visual riddle teasing the meaning of its title with what has been described as “nature’s most eloquent expression of beauty, joy and freedom”. Bird watchers take delight in spotting and identifying species and making lists. To see, to name is to know – transforming strangeness into familiarity and providing a sense of comfort and security. For the Birds explores the need to know in a time of uncertainty and high anxiety.

About the Artist

Bill Orisich works in a range of mediums that spans Gilm, music, sound design, photography, animation, and multi-channel video exhibitions and site-speciGic installations.

He received his BA and MS degrees respectively in Fine Arts and Education/media design from Indiana University and taught animation as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Artist-In Schools program. His production company Whoa! Films has been creating award winning commercial, educational and corporate videos for almost 30 years. It serves as a creative hub and production resource for his art projects and a training ground for emerging media makers and musicians.

His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and Gilm festivals including the 5-channel collaborative video installation: ground loop, at Whitespace gallery in 2018; when I whistle, a 3- channel, site-speciGic installation at the historic Swan House in Atlanta in 2016; and horse drawn piano, a moving sound/sculptural performance piece for Flux Night in 2013.

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