At 11:52 am on the 10th of January as many as seven fires were lit along the Forrest Highway in Southwest Western Australia. The fires then coalesced and moved northeast towards Southern Eastuary Road and the municipal localities of Lake Clifton and Herron. These semi-rural areas are along the east side of the Mandurah-Eaton Ridge which runs down to the Eastern edge of Lake Clifton and the Yalgorup National Park. The fires didn't (haven't) jumped the Old Coast Road so are still well away from the Lake and properties on the west side of the road, but so far at least 8 homes have been burnt down as well as a number of sheds and outbuildings throughout the Armstrong Hills subdivision, Tuart Grove subdivision and parts of Herron. No humans died although some pets, horses and other stock and of course many native animals have been killed and around about 2000 hectares of plants and trees have been destroyed or severely burnt.
You can see a video of it here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/01/11/3110863.htm
I know people who lived in the general area (on the west side of Old Coast Road). …
Recently I organised/curated/convened the unruly ecologies: biodiversity and art symposium for SymbioticA: A symposium exploring the possibilities and difficulties of the diversity of life through critical investigations in art, ecology and action.
The majority of talks can be accessed here: http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/activities/events/unruly-ecologies Unfotunately the original website no longer exists. It originally contained an online of survey biodiversity and contemporary art showcasing the work of over 50 artists worldwide as well as an extensive list of links and online resources.
Why unruly ecologies? Read my text here.
Many thanks to symposium speakers, participants, artists and SymbioticA.
Unfortunately no image but an interesting project:
Birdland is an immersive sound work. Set in a 3D game construction space, visuals are minimalised and sound is maximalised in order to experiment with sensations, perceptions and flows of listening. Within the space, the user glides freely around sculptural, architectural and topological formations. The project aims to develop new techniques for composing sound and new ideas about the significance of listening, through a reading of Deleuzian and Lacaning texts in conjunction with playful and intuitive exploration. An iteration of the work presented for the Time Transcendence Performance conference is an early prototype created for the Design Research Institute’s Virtual Reality Centre.
Project partners: Intervention through Art: RMIT Design Research Institute, Firelight Technologies.