Following the commission to create a sculpture that serves as a birdhouse to be installed in a psychiatric hospital, the project reconstructs a so-called Skinner Box for ‘operant conditioning,’ referencing the dark history of psychiatry
The object was produced within the project For the Birds / Pour les oiseaux, a collective aeronautic sculpture garden displayed on the premises of the Landesklinikum Hollabrunn in 2019, commissioned by the Art in Public Space department of Lower Austria government and the socio-psychiatric department of the clinic Hollabrunn. For the Birds is a public space art project by Claudia Märzendorfer, produced with the support of Jeanette Pacher and Katrina Petter (KÖR Niederösterreich), including contributions by many international artists.
Concept and artistic direction: Azra Akšamija and Dietmar Offenhuber
Prototypung and fabrication: Natalie Bellefleur