Kensington & Chelsea



nesting instinct

nesting instinct


Where: Salvage City at Acklam Village 3 Acklam Road W10 5TY

When: Salvage City Open Friday 18 to Sunday 20 July, and Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 July |  13:00 to 22:00

Tickets: Free | No booking required

Sit inside a giant bird’s nest, fantastical in size, and listen to a composed soundscape of juxtaposed environmental sounds. The nest is constructed using traditional weaving techniques, taking inspiration from the way that birds build their habitats. Housed within a bird box-like shed, our understanding of nature and what we think of as a home are brought to the forefront, as sounds from outside are brought inside and sounds from inside are brought outside, melding together public and private space.

On the outside of the human-size bird box are smaller bird boxes fitted with speakers and motion sensors. Tip-toe up and eavesdrop on the communities of sound placed within these ‘homes’. Issues around domesticity arise as you’re encouraged to reflect on the environments that we create, on everything that lives alongside us, and how we coexist in these spaces.

The Artist

Nesting Instinct is designed by sound and visual artist Kin. After training in composition and specialising in musicology, Kin’s interest in sampling and remixing often manifests itself in her visual art. Driven to create interactive pieces where the audience have a tangible role in its realisation, her work confronts the perceived gap between artist and viewer. In keeping with this ethos, she commonly works in a collaborative way taking a step back from and resisting the role of artist as an authoritative figure.

Nesting Instinct is a development of the outdoor installation Eavesdropping commissioned and toured in 2013.

A victorian child in a nest