Invisible Dust

London | Wednesday 16 January
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Bats in Space: How Bats See, Hear and Feel Their Way Around


Spectrogram of bat search call

“Their sound is more evolutionarily advanced than human beings, they look better and they eat pests” Jeremy Deller, June 2012

This summer Invisible Dust will allow londoners to meet and get to know better some very interesting neighbours! As part of Create 12, Artist Jeremy Deller and Professor Kate Jones (Bat Conservation Trust) have been brought together by curator Alice Sharp to enable audiences to hear and see the incredible sounds of bats through digitally generated visuals responding to their use of echolocation.

Bats in Space will bring bats’ echolocation calls into the range of human hearing. On the bat walks the audience will be provided with bat detectors, mobiles and tablets to lower the high frequency calls to within human hearing range and to see visuals of the bat sounds on their night flights along East London’s Greenway, overlooking the 2012 Olympic Site.

Bats make different calls for socialising, navigating and hunting insects, with different species using different frequencies to detect their favourite prey. Parents with children are very welcome and will definitely enjoy the experience. The walks will not take place if it rains, as bats can’t echolocate, and therefore don’t fly, in rainfall.

Book the bat walks

Tuesday 3rd July — Friday, 13th July 2012
Daily from 8.30pm
Meet at Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station,
 E15 2NQ (one stop from Stratford)
Tickets: £5 / Concessions (includes families): £3

In an interview Jeremy Deller explained his interest in bats as being due to the fact that “they can co-exist pretty peacefully with each other”. “It’s incredible to live as close to other mammals. We can’t do it”, he said. His latest retrospective at the Hayward Gallery featured the 3D film installation ‘Exodus’, which he claimed to be “the ultimate bat film experience”. The images of thousands of bats flying off into the sunset were made in the same Texas caves featured in his Turner Prize winning film Memory Bucket (2004). Deller’s “professional” relationship with the winged mammals began in 2007, promoting a competition to design a bat residence with the Bat Conservation Trust. He hoped the home would encourage different species to come together and live and raise their families communally.

Frequency recording of Brazilian and Mexican free-tail bats leaving Frio Caves in Texas. Made by Jeremy Deller

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Bats in Space is supported by Arts Council England in partnership with CREATE, the Bat Conservation Trust, London Wildlife Trust, University College London and Space Studios.


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  2. Jonathan says:

    A great write-up of a great project! Just to let you know that the link to the Bat Conservation Trust page is not working. I wonder if you could edit it to link here: Thanks!

  3. Alice says:

    done! 😉

  4. Ryan says:

    Perhaps you really shloud study this. Everyone shloud have this knowledge! Now, I don’t mean to judge, but I don’t think that I really want to know about bat sex. Seriously.

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