Birds are regular protagonists in Jordan’s interactive temporary living sculptures. In the performative intervention Alfred (2011) she sets out to attract birds to her own body by dressing in a handmade bread suit and standing in places, where she might be seen or pursued by birds – but as it turns out, often to no avail. The urban context the protagonist initially appears in as well as the lack of birds initially suggests that she is dressed in what appears to be an ethnic outfit of unknown provenance. Only incrementally closer shots reveal that the figure is in fact wrapped in pita bread halves and is roaming the city in the hopes of finding birds hungry enough to approach the bread-suit-figure.


Alfred in New York is also based upon the same-titled debut film The Birds (1963), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

The work shows one from the outside into the reality breaking apocalyptic feature, beyond causality, by the lamination of aggression and provocation. The photography was taken with wild starlings in NY 2013. Flaubert spoke first of the discovery that any sentence we utter is but a banal stupidity, which had been drained thousands of times by other slouches and mouths, and which we just the once – in the ridiculous belief of saying something new, authentic and personal – repeat. —

Alfred in New York, 2013

Auflage 1/7 + 2 AP

C-Print

Dimension: 60cm x 40 cm


Photo: Jessica Segall

Alfred in New York, 2013

Auflage 1/7 + 2 AP

C-Print

Dimension: 60cm x 40 cm


Photo: Jessica Segall

Alfred 2011

Auflage 1/7 + 2 AP

C-Print

Dimension: 60cm x 40 cm


Photo: Arielle Bier

Alfred 2011

Auflage 1/7 + 2 AP

C-Print

Dimension: 60cm x 40 cm


Photo: Arielle Bier

Alfred in New York, 2013

Auflage 1/7 + 2 AP

C-Print

Dimension: 60cm x 40 cm


Photo: Jessica Segall

Alfred in New York (2013)