What does our world look like from the perspective of another species?
Highly intelligent, ravens and crows (corvids) reveal some of the complexities involved in survival, and the strategies other species employ to make their way in the world. Our worlds have co-evolved – with references in the stories of ancient and contemporary cultures – so what makes a species so resilient in one part of the world, and not in another? In Australia, corvids are thriving and adapting. In Iceland, they’re under threat.
Eye of the Corvus: Messenger of Truth aims to present the landscape from the perspective of these birds, underpinned by scientific understandings. What might be revealed to us about the current state and future of our world through the eye of these birds?
As an artist and a lover of the natural environment, I’ve had a long-held fascination with birds in my creative practice, for their role as indicators of the health of the environment, and how we interact with them based on the value we afford them.
Over two years (2018/2019) and in two countries at opposite ends of the world, both remote with extreme climates, I’ll be using a selection of cameras and sound equipment to bring you the rural, peri-urban and urban landscapes of Australia and Iceland from the eye of the bird. The resulting work will be shown at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo, New South Wales from December 2019 – February 2020.
The blog will document my flight and findings. You’ll be able to follow pre-production, production, post-production, and installation of the project through the blog using categories (see footer to select). For monthly updates direct to your inbox, sign up to Corvid Capers – you’ll get updates from across NSW and Iceland, opportunities to support the project, and invitations to the exhibition and public programs in late 2019.
Kim V. Goldsmith
(linked to my art website)