I began this blog during a sabbatical in 2009 and continued to write when I returned to teaching at the University of Brighton in January 2010. I discovered that blogging is useful to reflect on process and the site turns over time into a valuable archive.

The blog tracks activities of the International Screendance Network and developments of the new International Journal of Screendance. It also functions as a reflective space on current events and dialogues in the fields dance, performance and live art.

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BBC PROMS: Of One Mind - Starling Murmuration

PROMS 2014 Season; Proms Interval

Duration: 20 minutes First broadcast: Monday 21 July 2014

Ham Wall, in the Avalon Marshes, close to Glastonbury Tor, in Somerset, is home to one of the most spectacular murmurations, and at dawn and dusk over 500,000 starlings take to the skies in great clouds, unpredictable in their numbers and behaviour, but worth seeking out for natural drama.

So why do the murmurations happen, and how do the birds avoid crashing into each other whilst flying? The latest theory is known as scale free correlation - how birds like starlings appear to share one mind.

David Bramwell, musician and keen amateur bird watcher takes his chance to share the sharp eyes and ears of ornithologist, Tony Whitehead of the RSPB, and musician and artist, Kathy Hinde, on a mission to film and record the starlings mysterious patterns and dramatic sounds, using both in concerts and exhibitions.

When you have heard a murmuration on such a scale you may wonder why they are not called a ‘jet engine’…. such is the volume of half a million birds taking off at dawn.

For further references see BBC web pages

Starling Murmuration are magic phenomena, and here is my version; a Mobility Scooter Murmuration with people from Bexhill, performed as part of Dear Serge, De La Warr Pavilion, 5th July 2014. 
Biologists still debate as to what the purpose of murmurations is and they think they may be a social gathering, or a demonstration of strength in numbers. I guess it is a form of Demonstration?! And it is a democratic society where everyone can lead; mainly the birds appear to move as if with on mind, swooping and looping and keeping an equal distance between each other. Everyone goes where the birds around go - which means that all starlings move at the same time and in the same direction. Beautiful. And much fun as we discovered when we explored this behaviour with the help of mobility scooters. Starling Murmuration are magic phenomena, and here is my version; a Mobility Scooter Murmuration with people from Bexhill, performed as part of Dear Serge, De La Warr Pavilion, 5th July 2014. 
Biologists still debate as to what the purpose of murmurations is and they think they may be a social gathering, or a demonstration of strength in numbers. I guess it is a form of Demonstration?! And it is a democratic society where everyone can lead; mainly the birds appear to move as if with on mind, swooping and looping and keeping an equal distance between each other. Everyone goes where the birds around go - which means that all starlings move at the same time and in the same direction. Beautiful. And much fun as we discovered when we explored this behaviour with the help of mobility scooters. Starling Murmuration are magic phenomena, and here is my version; a Mobility Scooter Murmuration with people from Bexhill, performed as part of Dear Serge, De La Warr Pavilion, 5th July 2014. 
Biologists still debate as to what the purpose of murmurations is and they think they may be a social gathering, or a demonstration of strength in numbers. I guess it is a form of Demonstration?! And it is a democratic society where everyone can lead; mainly the birds appear to move as if with on mind, swooping and looping and keeping an equal distance between each other. Everyone goes where the birds around go - which means that all starlings move at the same time and in the same direction. Beautiful. And much fun as we discovered when we explored this behaviour with the help of mobility scooters. Starling Murmuration are magic phenomena, and here is my version; a Mobility Scooter Murmuration with people from Bexhill, performed as part of Dear Serge, De La Warr Pavilion, 5th July 2014. 
Biologists still debate as to what the purpose of murmurations is and they think they may be a social gathering, or a demonstration of strength in numbers. I guess it is a form of Demonstration?! And it is a democratic society where everyone can lead; mainly the birds appear to move as if with on mind, swooping and looping and keeping an equal distance between each other. Everyone goes where the birds around go - which means that all starlings move at the same time and in the same direction. Beautiful. And much fun as we discovered when we explored this behaviour with the help of mobility scooters. Starling Murmuration are magic phenomena, and here is my version; a Mobility Scooter Murmuration with people from Bexhill, performed as part of Dear Serge, De La Warr Pavilion, 5th July 2014. 
Biologists still debate as to what the purpose of murmurations is and they think they may be a social gathering, or a demonstration of strength in numbers. I guess it is a form of Demonstration?! And it is a democratic society where everyone can lead; mainly the birds appear to move as if with on mind, swooping and looping and keeping an equal distance between each other. Everyone goes where the birds around go - which means that all starlings move at the same time and in the same direction. Beautiful. And much fun as we discovered when we explored this behaviour with the help of mobility scooters.

    Starling Murmuration are magic phenomena, and here is my version; a Mobility Scooter Murmuration with people from Bexhill, performed as part of Dear Serge, De La Warr Pavilion, 5th July 2014. 

    Biologists still debate as to what the purpose of murmurations is and they think they may be a social gathering, or a demonstration of strength in numbers. I guess it is a form of Demonstration?! And it is a democratic society where everyone can lead; mainly the birds appear to move as if with on mind, swooping and looping and keeping an equal distance between each other. Everyone goes where the birds around go - which means that all starlings move at the same time and in the same direction. Beautiful. And much fun as we discovered when we explored this behaviour with the help of mobility scooters.

    Broadsides

    How Ordinary Scots inBygone Days Found out what was Happening

    In the centuries before there were newspapers and 24-hour news channels, the general public had to rely on street literature to find out what was going on. The most popular form of this for nearly 300 years was ‘broadsides’ - the tabloids of their day. Sometimes pinned up on walls in houses and ale-houses, these single sheets carried public notices, news, speeches and songs that could be read (or sung) aloud. (to read more go to the The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides)

    I just made my own, to publicise the Universal Declaration of the Human Right to Uselessness. It will be pinned to the walls of the dlwp this Saturday, 5th July. see Dear Serge