Peppi Bottrop

The Birds

Apr 8th — May 30th, 2020
Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

The Birds_3

Installation view
Courtesy the artist; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
Photographer Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf


Sies + Höke
Poststraße 2+3

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Aristophanes (414b.c.)

The scene at the back represents a great rock in a wood. Enter two Travellers; the first, an elderly man of commanding presence, is led by a Crow on a string, the second, plump and cheerful, similarly led by a Jackdaw. Their names are not known till, at l. 645, the
 First Traveller announces himself as PITHETAERUS, a fictitious name meaning “Companion-Persuader” or “Born Leader,” and his companion as EUELPIDES, “Hopefulson.”

Euelpides To his Jackdaw.

Straight on, you say? On to the tree up there?
 Pithetaerus: Confound the creature! Mine is croaking “Back.”
Euelpides: But why do we do it? Trapesing up and down, Backward and forward, like two shuttlecocks,
 With no sense? It’ll be the death of us.

Pithetaerus: To think I should have tramped a hundred miles And more, by orders of a wretched crow!

Euelpides: And I, by orders of a cruel jackdaw,
 Have stubbed my toe-nails off. Just think of it!

Pithetaerus: I don’t know where on earth we are by now. Could you ever find your fatherland again?


Pithetaerus: Build one great city.

Hoopoe: We birds? What sort of city could we build?
Pithetaerus: You ask that?—Is he blind beyond belief? — Look down.

Hoopoe: I’m looking.

Pithetaerus: Now look up!

Hoopoe: I’m looking.

Pithetaerus: Now turn your head right round.

Hoopoe: And will it do me
 Much good to have a dislocated neck?

Pithetaerus: Did you see something?

Hoopoe: The clouds and sky.


Meton: Applying then

A straight rod, I proceed with measurements
Until your circle grows into a square;
he centre of the quadrilateral is
 The market-place, and towards that centre run Straight roads centripetal; just as a star,

Being itself by nature circular,

Has radiating from it rays of light

Quite straight in all directions.

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