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Regarding the Earth: Ecological Vision in Word and Image

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Bleach, L, Regarding the Earth: Ecological Vision in Word and Image, 4th ASLEC- ‐ANZ Biennial Conference, 31 AUGUST to 2 SEPTEMBER, 2012 (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


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The wild rock pigeonsí cohabitation with humans 10 000 years ago triggered a unique and mutually beneficial association, allowing safe shelter for bird and unprecedented carrier utility for human. The enduring relationship between bird and human has evolved in response to the pigeonís homing instinct, evidencing an empathetic bond driven by an urge to continually re≠‐establish contact. Homing is an innate instinct to return to known territory via new and unknown environments. The contemporary bird/fancier relationship reveals layers of belonging, between animal, human and place. It more abstractly reflects a desire to be local; to belong within an emotional and spatial system, confronting and navigating tenuous places and experiences. Pigeon fanciers typically inhabit suburban environments, establishing the birdsí lofts amongst the conglomerate nest of human habitation (sheds, carports, BBQ areas, clotheslines). From this domestic grotto, fanciers travel impressive distances to reach wilder places, releasing their birds to find their way back home. The birdís instinct of site fidelity sits counter to the fancierís instinct to reconnect to wild environs. It is a symbiotic relationship drawn from divergent urges. This paper will present a series of multi-≠‐disciplinary artworks developed from collaborations with local Tasmanian pigeon fanciers and homing associations. The artworks explore the desire to locate habitat in unstable environments, exposing bespoke ecosystems and visualizing agency within a locational/relational feedback loop.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Site Fidelity, ASLEC Conference: REGARDING THE EARTH: ECOLOGICAL VISION IN WORD AND IMAGE
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art Theory and Criticism
Research Field:Visual Cultures
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Author:Bleach, L (Ms Lucy Bleach)
ID Code:82487
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Art (Hobart)
Deposited On:2013-02-05
Last Modified:2014-03-24
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