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A Confounding Mimicry
A Confounding Mimicry
4-channel sound for the Lincoln Park Conservatory's Fern Room, with 14 accompanying signs in English & Spanish
2016

The text on the sign, an excerpted page from the fictional travelogue reads:


Our research, having unequivocally proven the source of the mysterious calls to be the ferns themselves, invalidates a wide-spread hypothesis attributing these calls to an avian source. Fame-seeking explorers, after hearing these so-called “songs from nowhere,” invented birds like Marquez’s Gabito — even going so far as to publish (and profit from) these erroneous conclusions. These wild claims are now seen to be not science, but works of pure fantasy.

Nuestra investigación, habiendo demostrado que los orígenes de los cantos misteriosos vienen de los mismos helechos, invalida la hipótesis que atribuye un origen aviar. Exploradores en busca de fama, después de escuchar estos supuestos "cantos de ninguna parte," inventaron aves como el Gabito de Marquez — incluso publicaron (y beneficiaron de) estas conclusiones incorrectas. Estas afirmaciones ahora no son vistas como ciencia, sino como obras de pura fantasía.