this kind of bird flies backward

Daniela Brill Estrada

Vernissage 11.03.2021 7pm
Finissage 25.03.2021 7pm

Performative Concert
Daniela Brill Estrada ° Christina Jägersberger ° Mani Hofer ° Werner Jakits

Ausstellungsdauer / Duration  12.03.2021 – 25.03.2021


Daniela Brill Estrada wählt als Ausgangspunkt ihrer Recherchen die Beat Poetinnen der 50iger-60iger Jahre und reflektiert auf deren Vorgängerinnen wie Carolyn Cassady und Joyce Johnson.
Die Geschichte war nicht freundlich zu den Frauen der Beat Generation. Ihre Existenz ist den meisten Leser*innen weitgehend unbekannt oder als weitgehend irrelevant angesehen.
Der Titel „this kind of bird flies backward“ stammt aus dem gleichnamigen veröffentlichten Buch von Diane di Prima. Die Zeit von Kerouac und Co ist als eine rebellische, psychedelische, queere bekannt, die Dichterinnen sind aber völlig in Vergessenheit geraten. Daniela Brill Estrada veranstaltet während der Ausstelllungszeit, (Online oder analog – wer weiß?), Lesungen von Gedichten von Elise Cowen, Diane di Prima, ruth weiss, Lenore Kandel u.v.m.
Daniela Brill Estrada studierte bei Virgil Widrich Art & Science und ist in die Kooperation mit Cern involviert. In der Zusammenarbeit mit Teilchenphysikern und Astrophysikern lotete sie ihre eigene poetische Kraft aus und verband sie mit natürlichen Vorgängen in ihren zeichnerischen Arbeiten.
Daniela Brill Estrada chooses as a starting point for her research the female beat poets of the 1950s and 1960s and reflects on their predecessors such as Carolyn Cassady and Joyce Johnson.
History has not been kind to the women of the Beat Generation. Their existence is largely unknown to most readers* or considered largely irrelevant.
The title “
this kind of bird flies backward” comes from Diane di Prima’s homonymous book. The era of Kerouac and co is known as a rebellious, psychedelic, queer one, but the women poets have been completely forgotten. Daniela Brill Estrada hosts readings of poetry by Elise Cowen, Diane di Prima, ruth weiss, Lenore Kandel and many more during the exhibition period, (online or analog – who knows?).
Daniela Brill Estrada studied Art & Science / Virgil Widrich and
is involved in the collaboration with Cern. Working with particle physicists and astrophysicists, she explored her own poetic fundamental force
and combined it with natural processes in her graphic works.

Denise Parizek


There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. […] There were cases, I knew them, someday someone will write about them.” Gregory Corso, when asked about the female poets of the Beat Generation in 1994.

“this kind of bird flies backward” is a solo exhibition by Daniela Brill Estrada. Composed of a series of abstract ink drawings informed by scientific knowledge, the show is dedicated to the female figures, poets, artists, and thinkers of the post-war Beat Generation: Elise Cowen, Joanne Kyger and Mary Norbert Körte among others. Named after the homonymous book by Diane di Prima, this exhibition is an ode to them, the “secondary” figures, the poets flying backward amidst a generation that is mostly known for its rebellious, queer, and psychedelic character epitomized by names such as Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs.

With the lifelong support of her affinity for poetry, Brill Estrada has worked for four years in collaboration with particle physicists and astrophysicists in order to propose her own poetic fundamental force in nature called the “Force of Embodiment”, responsible for the reincarnation of atoms into living or inert matter. The drawings exhibited are the result of the artist’s experimentation and research of scientific concepts of fundamental forces in nature and the cosmic origins of each chemical element. They feature the process of chemical reactions between carbon-based ink, water, colored ink, calcium, and different techniques of drying or applying ink with brush on paper. Through these drawings,  which evolved to include inspiration by the poems of different “beat-females”, the artist hopes to embody the writing, lives, experiences, and stories of these poets, and bring them to life.
During the exhibition, there will be readings of poems by Elise Cowen, Diane di Prima, ruth weiss, Lenor Kandel, Hettie Jones, Bonnie Bremser Frazer, Janine Pomme Vega, Joanne Kyger, Anne Waldman, Mary Norbert Körte, and Denise Levertov among others.


Photocredits  Marina Leblhuber  2021