Zealandia

Project | Radioart (2018)
A pre-human Utopia

A residency led me to Wellington, New Zealand and to Zealandia, a place named after the (not officially recognized) geological continent in the Pacific Ocean, to which New Zealand belongs.

“ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. The 225 hectare (500+ acre) ecosanctuary is a groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, some of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.”
Zealandia

The simulation of a world without mammals. But in the beginning, when light came into the world, also the birds made war. The Maori tale "The battle of the birds" tells us about it.(A. W. Read, Maori Tales of Long Ago, 2014)

Narrators: Andreas Maurer, Rosi Waites
Sound engineer: Fritz Trondl

produced by Ö1 Kunstradio
16 12 2018 performed live on air – on line at studio 4 Viennese radio house
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    Do you see the birds?

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    Toutouwai

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    feeding ground

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    Ponga

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    Elisabeth Schimana and Fritz Trondl © Elisabeth Zimmermann

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    Elisabeth Schimana and Fritz Trondl © Elisabeth Zimmermann

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