Marcus Coates’ Our Time will place the songs and calls of locally threatened bird species onto clock towers along the North kent coastline. The work will be heard as clocks chime on the hour. marking these moments will be the beautiful and enigmatic songs and calls os species such as the nightingale, curlew, lapwing, cuckoo and turtle dove.
Ther idea is to relocate what is being lost to the regional and national enviroment at the heart of our civic centres, and to communicate the implications of ‘our’ human time, a period in history that has seen mass extinction, that has been orientated to human progress at the expense of other species, even on a local level. These ornate clocks represent our social and political aspirations, they command respect and give our towns an identity and civic focus.
The use of birdsongf that may not be heard in the wild for much longer to mark our time is a cynical and ironic act, but one that might help us become aware of their beauty and potential absence.