A sign placed next to the box requests visitors to:
‘Open the box and follow the instructions’
Inside the box lid the text reads:
- ‘Put on the gloves
- Carefully lift out the bird
- Examine it closely
- Consider its beauty
- Be sad at its demise
- Tell it a secret
- Return it to the box
- Take off the gloves
- Close the lid
- Your secret is safe‘
The work engages with the context of the Freud Museum as a site of display as well as referencing psychoanalytic notions of free association and confidential disclosure. First staged during The Dream of Fluxus as part of Three Star A La Carte at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, the bird* is transformed in this travelling performance by the weight of its secrets while the attendant remains vigilant.
*A redshank. This shoreline wading bird was found on the North East coast and was freeze-dried at a local museum in the exact state in which it was found.