The National Bird is an experimental performance series highlighting several migratory animals. It builds on the premise that wild creatures can legally cross territorial boundaries anytime and anywhere without checkpoints. The performance begins by establishing the particular animal’s surroundings and, on some occasions, negotiating the space by interacting with another animal from the series.
The personal rituals, sounds, and movements are performed in front of an audience and, at other times, in front of a camera. As part of this process, the nuances and performative behaviors of the subject animal in each scene adapt qualities assigned by its character, history, and sometimes governments related to immigration. This body of work illuminates the privilege they have in their choice of travel, location of settlement, and ease of traversing borders, both in the physical and imaginary worlds.