Using the known sensory ecology and behaviour of ravens and crows (corvids) as direction, I’m seeking support to shoot and record rural, peri-urban and urban landscapes of rural and remote Australia and Iceland using a selection of cameras and microphones to capture the various moods of each country’s landscapes – from the searing heat to the freezing cold, dust storms to ice flows, brooding storms to clear blue skies.
I’ve spent almost two decades exploring human interactions and relationships with the environment through my art, from the perspective of someone closely connected to the productive and natural environments of regional NSW. Issues of land use, resource sharing and climate change have been prevalent throughout that time, but never has there been a more critical to address these impacts on our environment.
Dubbo-based public gallery, the Western Plains Cultural Centre is a partner in the project, supporting the installation, marketing and administration of the Eye of the Corvus exhibition in December 2019.
This project aims to turn the gaze upon all of us in the environment, through the lens of corvids – a species known to be as intelligent as some apes. By presenting the familiar in an unfamiliar format, and providing space and stimuli we can explore dissonance about our future. During a period of great environmental change in both Australia and Iceland, countries dealing with extreme temperatures, drought, soil erosion and species extinction, projects like Eye of the Corvus are relevant and timely, and important for taking a fresh view at what lies ahead.
Financially supporting projects like this says you believe it’s important to reflect on what we value in the environment and why; facilitating conversations about how we manipulate the landscape and adapt, or not. This is a work of revelation not resolution, questioning how we tackle a future with hostile climates, increasing global migration and urbanisation, and growing pressure on our precious eco-systems.
Having significantly self-funded the project to date, funds raised will assist with off-setting travel, accommodation, equipment and living expenses as I take time out of my communications business to capture video and sound across Central and Western NSW, and Northern Iceland, as part of a two-month artist residency at Skagaströnd. On my return, I’ll be working exclusively on editing and the final presentation of Eye of the Corvus: Messengers of Truth, to be exhibited as a large-scale, immersive video projection installation and motion-sensored sound work at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, in Dubbo NSW, opening to the public on 14 December 2019.
The process of capturing the landscape in Australia and Iceland, the sound recordings, and scientific findings along the way are being documented on a dedicated website – www.eyeofthecorvus.art. This will also be where public programming dates and events around the exhibition will also be posted.