Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies

by Taryn simon




Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies by Taryn Simon. First edition (2015). First impression. Medium format hardback in new condition. Flat signed by Taryn Simon to title page. No markings. This is a brand new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies

The new James Bond archive by Taryn Simon.  In 1936, an American ornithologist named James Bond published the definitive taxonomy Birds of the West Indies. After that, Ian Fleming, an active bird-watcher living in Jamaica, appropriated the name for his novel’s lead character. He found it “flat and colourless”. In other words, a fitting choice for a character intended to be “anonymous. . . a blunt instrument in the hands of the government.” So, In Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies, Taryn Simon (*1975) casts herself as James Bond (1900–1989) the ornithologist. Then, she identifies photographs, and classifies all the birds that appear within the twenty-four films of the James Bond franchise. In reality, the appearance of many of the birds was unplanned and virtually undetected. It operated as background noise for whatever set they happened to fly into. Simultaneously, Simon’s ornithological discoveries occupy a liminal space—confined within the fiction of the James Bond universe and yet wholly separate from it. In conclusion, this taxonomy of 331 birds is a precise consideration of a new nature found in an alternate reality.

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