Watch Boo! the gold medal winning film in the 100m

This is Boo!, filmed by Jay Langdell, which won the prestigous gold medal in the Talking Birds’ Decathlon 100m Sprint final staged at mac yesterday as part of the opening night of Fierce Festival. We asked for submissions of 9.58 second length artworks in any medium, and then last night screened the 9 that qualified for the final. The audience clap-o-meter voted this piece as the gold medal winner.

What do you think?

Boo! wins gold in the 100m Sprint


After a nailbiting final, the audience clap-o-meter has spoken. Here’s the winners (and representatives) listening to the national anthem after receiving their medals.

Bronze: Anthony Hopwood (represented by Megan Vaughan)

Silver: Stacey Allen & Rachel O’Keefe

Gold: Jay Langdell (represented by Alison Gagen)

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who competed. We’ll get the videos up soon so you can watch them yourselves.

Thanks to Fierce Festival and Pilot Nights for having us!

100m Sprint final at the Fierce Festival PILOT this thursday


The line up for the final on Thursday has now been announced:

Stacey Allen, Cormac Faulkner, Mark Hancock, Anthony Hopwood, Johnny O’Hanlon, Jay Langdell and Alan Van Wijgerden will be lining up in the starters’ blocks at PILOT at Fierce Festival at mac on Thursday. (Well, their 9.58 second films will, although having written that – I’m kinda wishing I could see a *real* 100m sprint race with those artists lined up against each other…)

Who’ll be taking home the gold medal?

**DON’T FORGET** Before this, on Wednesday, Jack’s Picnic at Dusk – the finale of the final FarGo Space Programme residency. [Read more…]


Where to find Talking Birds in March

Lots in the pipeline this year, what with it being our 20th anniversary ‘n’ all, but here’s where you can catch us in March:

Saturday 10th March: Petite Decathlon work in progress show-ette as part of the magnificent Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre – one of the tea-time tasters.

Saturday 24th March: The Whale & The Q will be two of the attractions at the opening event for the new Bradford City Park.

Thursday 29th March: Screening of the 100m Sprint Final of our Decathlon, with medal ceremony, at mac, Birmingham as part of Fierce Festival.


We also recommend that you should be in the audience for some of these – we will be!

Tuesday 13th March: The Ethics of Progress by Unlimited Theatre at Warwick Arts Centre.

Thursday 15th March – 1st April: Still Walking Festival, Birmingham.

Thursday 29th March – 8th April: Fierce Festival all over Birmingham.