A collaboration between Ralph Steadman and the filmmaker and conservationist Ceri Levy, the award-winning Extinct Boids surveyed the birds we have lost; Nextinction shifts the focus to those we are about to lose. Levy’s ‘With a Wing and a Prayer’ commentary tells the stories of 192 species on the Critically Endangered List; while Steadman depicts the birds on the brink of extinction, such as the Giant Ibis and the Kakapo, and some rather dubious species including the Unsociable Lapwing and the Ooshut Doorbang.
When asked by film-maker Ceri Levy to produce one drawing representing an extinct bird, Ralph Steadman got somewhat carried away. Along with the genuinely extinct species such as the Auk, Dodo, Rodrigues Solitaire etc, there are Steadman 'boids' that would have been hunted to extinction – like the Jamaican Red Macaw – had they ever existed. Altogether, there are 100 boids, accompanied by a commentary on their creation and notes on their extinction. In the words of Ceri Levy: 'such beautiful chaos'.