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Birds of Paradise


Single Channel Video and Installation



Through a sequence of filmic fragments and pauses, Birds of Paradise tells the story of a near-future, post-energy crisis world, one in which pole dancers become symbols of the human struggle for resources. Accompanied by a collection of energetic landscapes, dreamy narration, and kinetic props, their performances point to a seductive yet frustrated vision of paradise. Performed by Sydney Southam, Jiles Barrett and Leiah Engel, narration by Pia Shandel, costume design by Megan Veaudry, and additional aerial footage by Robert Krogh.


Co-produced by Sydney Southam and Justin Muir.

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