Jessica Bardsley

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The Commoners

HDV, 16:9 with 5.1 Surround Sound, 12 minutes, 2009

In 1890, one man began his attempt to release every bird ever mentioned by William Shakespeare into Central Park. Almost all of the birds died, with the exception of the Starling. Today, the Starling is one of the commonest birds in America and its release is widely considered a major environmental disaster.

In the aftermath of this absurdly successful accident, The Commoners contemplates the purist rhetoric surrounding invasive species. Featuring beautiful murmuration footage, archival maps, and hand drawings, this film is also about the paths people forge through history, and the ways that people impact the natural world, intentionally or not. Collaboration with Penny Lane.