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Juan Obando, Assistant Professor
A Bird Without A Song | 2015, Installation

A Bird Without A Song is a video-sculpture in the form of an oversized mobile phone displaying a looping Tinder-profile animation. The video is a geo-located rendition of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Prince in the voice of Sinead O’Connor, lip-synced by animating profile pictures of users in the vicinities of the Chapinero neighborhood in Bogotá (Colombia.) At once haunting and comedic, the piece encapsulates the ubiquity of packaged online presence and swipe-based romance in the 21st century while illustrating the dynamics of overlapping gender binaries in the age of digitial fluidity.