A post-human understanding of anthropogenic landscapes- bookending the 2020 summer fires between the sonic memories of the lyrebirds and the reflective properties of ice.
Considering these two landscapes, connected now by the ash from the fires, embedded in glacial ice. To reflect one within the other; the birds narration of its bush, echoed to the treeless NZ alpine ridges.
Across 2020 I mapped the regrowth of the fire affected landscape of the Blue Mountains and the growth of the new anthropogenic, fire-adapted forest. (See Words For New Landscapes) This line of inquiry considers the fate of the lyrebird, and a remote glacier in the NZ alps.
In the 2020 fires 50% of the local lyrebird populations were lost; either burned or starved.
Lyrebirds mimicry calls are a sonic record of the forest- perfect mimics of other birds with which they share the forest, in an evolved and complex series of calls. Like sonic historians. Each group of males has its local song; a dialect of the valley. The narrators of the forest.
Working with Dr Anastasia Dalziell, UWS and her dataset of lyrebird calls from Blue Mountains area
Ash from the 2020 summer bush fires was windblown across the Tasman, landing on the New Zealand alps.
Researchers at Victoria University (NZ) are looking at the future impact of ash (from hotter drier Australian summers) on the melting of NZ glaciers.
Working with Dr Ruzica Dadic’s team and their dataset of glacial albedo measurements.
‘Albedo’ describes the whiteness and reflectivity of snow and ice. Dust and ash raise the albedo. The colourimetrics of the crysophere.