How does the crow fly? Eager beaver, take the bull by the horns. Talk turkey and get on your high horse. Clear up the hogwash contributed by the birdbrains. Monkey around and make them eat crow. If you know a hawk from a handsaw, or have the memory of an elephant, well then, make a bee-line for the website and separate the sheep from the goats until you’re dog tired. It’s the cat’s meow.
What do we know about animals and how do we know it? Now that computer graphics can produce photo-realistic animals that talk, dance, and play drum kits, our reliance on entertainment media to learn about animal behavior is more problematic than ever. But what about our reliance on language? There are countless expressions that contribute to our understanding of creatures. How does “the crow fly”? Is it true that in centuries past sailors released crows at sea because they have an aptitude to fly towards land? Crocodile tears. Bees knees. Daily speech is full of these strange metaphors. Crow Sourcing invites you to examine them, focusing on ones that are not very intuitive. It engages collective memory and insight to demystify and reanimate a dizzying array of sayings, idioms, and expressions. Over the remainder of 2012 they will be collected and discussed, using Web, mobile, and social media. The results will be presented as printed matter and through upcoming exhibitions.