Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa audio piece evokes friendly ghosts of extinct species of birds who the artist has tried to contact through the spirit world. The project is sort of an imagination exercise. With no images or videos taken, RamírezFigueroa documents the experience of the seances through audio recordings, visual sound scores and drawings. Séances With Extinct Species of Birds is an ongoing project that prioritises the supernatural, history, voice and the effect of human activity and climate change on birds, and asks — if we find a new way to listen can we hear birds, even extinct ones?
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. 1978) was born in Guatemala City. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the entanglement of history and form through the lens of his own displacement during and following Guatemala’s civil war of 1960– 96. Borrowing from the languages of folklore, science fiction, and theatre, he reframes historical events and protagonists.