gaggle no. 1
1 : FLOCK especially : a flock of geese when not in flight
2: a group, aggregation, or cluster lacking organization
3: an indefinite number
In Massachusetts there are 2 populations of geese. One population is transitory, stopping for rest during migration during spring and fall. The other is a resident population; ancestors of captive geese used as live decoys by hunters and released into the environment when live decoys were banned in the 1930’s. Human infiltration through captivity and breeding left these geese and their descendants without patterns of migration, resulting in yearlong nesting throughout the state. gaggle is an endurance-based performance that asks what happens when a space designated for passing through becomes marked as home. Created in conversation with Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculpture, Fog x Canopy, gaggle is inspired by everyday collisions between human and goose activity that occur along the Clemente Field path. Actions that make up the performance artwork are sourced from human and goose gathering behaviors and patterns observed in the site. gaggle challenges notions of immersion, mimicry, inclusion and co-existence by offering a non-anthropomorphic point of view in a place built for human passing and recreation.
photos by Daniel S. DeLuca