Little Birds and a Demon

@ Custom House

From an isolated lighthouse on the southernmost tip of the Shetland Islands, three opera singers and an ensemble of musicians will send out a call about love and death – for all those who care to listen. Little Birds and a Demon broadcasts live from the remote islands of Scotland to Berwick-upon-Tweed on Saturday, 19 September at 3pm. Schwindt’s experimental opera continues as a sound installation and sculpture at the Custom House during the Festival.

Open Thursday-Sunday 11am-6pm FREE ENTRY

Grace Schwindt, a German artist based in London, works across film, live performance and sculpture. Key works have shown internationally at galleries such as Whitechapel Gallery, Collective Gallery in Edinburgh, and White Columns Gallery in New York. Schwindt often uses interviews to serve as a starting point for fictionalised dialogues, investigating institutionalised systems that rely on exclusion and destruction. She places bodies, including her own, in a tightly scripted choreography in which every move questions how social relations and understandings about oneself are formed in such systems. In 2013, Schwindt was shortlisted for the Jarman Award.

Selected works

Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, 2014

An Order of Things, 2014

Clean Air, 2013

Reading from a Ribbon, 2012

Tenant, 2012

Glass and Honey, 2012

The Signal, 2011

Counterpoint 1, Part 1: Individual Account, 2010


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Artist Grace Schwindt Country UK Year 2015 Duration 60 minutes Cert 12a