For this work, the artists built two birdhouses and placed in them recordings of each other while sleeping. Each of the birdhouses contain either Halilaj or Urbano’s sounds of snoring and sleeping, and exist as subtle, playful and intimate interludes to the forest environment.
Embracing the symbol of the nest as a shelter and a protective structure, the work provides a glimpse into the private sphere. Both charming and effacing, Alvaro at Night invites reflection upon the balance of love, the sometimes disruptive consequences of sharing a life as complementary parts of human nature.
The work is an ongoing series continued individually by both artists. Alvaro Urbano’s series Petrit at Night is a series of birdhouses with sound recordings of Halilaj sleeping. Each birdhouse contains a recording from a different night, and has a unique shape.
The two groups of works, which refer to each other, constitute the notion of a continuously developing portrait of a partner.