Four British Birds Make This Similar Call Only When a Hawk Flies Overhead

Four British Birds Make This Similar Call Only When a Hawk Flies Overhead is part of The Artangel Collection. It was initially presented at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne in spring of 2018, before being exhibited at the Leeds art Gallery in Leeds and Inverleith House in Edinburgh.


  • Artist: Andy Holden
  • Title: Four British Birds Make This Similar Call Only When a Hawk Flies Overhead
  • Date: 2017
  • Medium: Digital screenprint on canvas
  • Dimensions: 420 x 594mm
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The significance of language to human animal acts of kin-making is present throughout the installation... A continuity emerges between acts of making that are shared by both humans and birds. By subverting the familiar forms and structures through which we study, interpret, and significantly, appropriate other life forms, 'Natural Selection' not only undermines the authority of the human as artist-creator, but also proposes an alternative scenario for living together. — Joseph Constable, Art Monthly, October 2017

Four British Birds Make This Similar Call Only When a Hawk Flies Overhead is a digital print depicting the call of four British birds - the reed bunting, blackbird, great titmouse and chaffinch - on a sonograph, in response to a passing hawk. This piece accompanies Silent Spring and Dawn Chorus (Song Posts) in exploring how the songs of birds can be translated into sculptural form.


Image: Andy Holden, Four British Birds Make This Similar Call Only When a Hawk Flies Overhead, 2017 at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 2018. Photograph: Alison Bettles

Previous Presentations

Since the launch of The Artangel Collection, Four British Birds Make This Similar Call Only When a Hawk Flies Overhead has been installed at