Crow’s Nest: The Tear Drinkers Art Installation

May 10, 2012

This June Crow’s Nest Preserve will host an art installation in the visitor center barn: digital video animation of moths projected on the interior walls of the hayloft. The installation, developed by artist Lydia Moyer, is called The Tear Drinkers after the relatively recent scientific discovery that some tropical moths species drink the tears of sleeping birds. The exhibition will run June 1 through June 11 each evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Opening Reception will be  Friday, June 1 from 7:00 – 9:00. (And on Saturday, June 2, we will be holding our annual open house and contra dance—details to follow—and the art installation will be visible during portions of the evening during the dance.)

Below is a still from the video:

On a broader level the project explores the relationships of nature’s creatures to each other and to us as humans. Using technology Ms. Moyer plays with what video images can do when not confined to a screen: temporarily transform space and interact with objects to create sculptural forms.

Lydia Moyer is a visual artist and media maker who lives and works in central Virginia. Her work draws both on her background in studio art and documentary production. Ms. Moyer directs the new media program at the University of Virginia.

You can see some of her other work: stills and video at her website: goodfornow.net. A sample video of The Tear Drinkers appears below:

Pre-registration is not required and the exhibition is free of charge.

Posted by Daniel Barringer on May 10, 2012.