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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016



Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016


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26 FRONTIER ART & BOOKS SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 E VERY summer more than five million migratory birds descend on Australian shores along the EastAsian Australasian Flyway. These 35 species of migratory shorebirds travel from as far away as Arctic Russia and Northern America to the southern hemisphere, then back again, for breeding purposes. Some birds fly for days with no break until they find their usual resting spot, but as the world rapidly develops many of these habitats are changing shape or being destroyed, leaving the birds with nowhere to go. Charles Darwin University printmaking lecturer Mats Unden and his students spent last semester learning about these migratory birds to contribute to The Flyway Print Exchange, spearheaded by Melbourne-based printmaker Kate Gorringe-Smith. These birds have been programmed to do this trip, and if they stop in a place theyve always stopped and that has been exploited the birds usually just drop dead, Unden said. They fly until they absolutely reach the point they have to stop, they need to drink and have food very quickly to sustain themselves. (Gorringe-Smith) talked about one bird that flies seven days and nights in one go, so when they stop they need to eat and drink and rest. If they cant do that they have about eight or 12 hours (before they die). Ten students from CDUs Casuarina campus and five from the Alice Springs campus have created prints for the Flyway Print Exchange: Birds Without Borders Awards. Some of the pieces will be selected to feature in the CDU Art Gallery exhibition Our Feathered Friends the Art of Birds in October. Their work will contribute to the Flyway Print Exchange, which began in 2013 as an exchange between artists living in different countries along the East-Asian Australasian Flyway. Unden said the university actively sought projects beyond its walls for students to participate in. It is very important, especially for art students, to realise that art is so much more than just making a picture art is a reflection of what goes on outside in the world, so we need to participate in the world, he said. If we can create assignments that anchor their practice in the real world outside of the uni, it is always beneficial. If you can involve something from the real world, so to speak, within the context of the education it gives more value just by being part of something thats not just a task. Many students took a literal approach to the project, creating direct images of different types of shorebirds across several types of printmaking styles, including etching, lino and digital. VET student Leah Clarke, 40, said the project opened her eyes to not only the plight of shorebirds, but also the range of techniques within the printmaking discipline. The project was full of firsts for Clarke, including exploring new mediums and locations around Darwin. Id never heard of shorebirds before I listened to the forum, she said. I went to Buffalo Creek for the first time, which was one of the locations they said we might be able to find the bird, and took some photographs. From there I sketched and did my first etch. While practising art in her own time, Clarke has only recently returned to university to study at a tertiary level. Ive always wanted to, but its never been the practical option, she said. But I feel Im old enough and settled enough that art no longer feels frivolous its something I need to do. Flyway Print Exchange: Birds Without Borders Award 2016 at Nan Giese Gallery, Orange 10 runs until June 24. Open by appointment. Call Peter Dowling on 8946 6312. BOOKED IN REVIEWS DANIELLE CLODE, SAMELA HARRIS, RICHARD EVANS NATURE Lure Of The Thylacine Col Bailey Echo $32.95 The Tasmanian tiger is Australias iconic extinct species. Like the dodo, they were ruthlessly and deliberately hunted to oblivion by humans. Or were they? Col Bailey, like many others, believes a few might yet survive in isolated pockets of wilderness and has compiled stories of sightings, huntings, captures and near misses. Some are fragmentary or implausible, others detailed and compelling. Many are polished smooth from repeated telling, bearing the hallmarks of folklore and legend. All of them detail the last troubled days of our contact with this striking creature, a relationship we are unwilling to relinquish. Bailey leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions about the thylacines survival, for all he is firmly persuaded by the evidence. I do hope he is right. Verdict: Fascinating FICTION Flight Of Dreams Ariel Lawhon Affirm Press, $29.99 What really happened on the Hindenberg? Forensic scientists have worked hard on its relics. Historians have dissected the stories. Theories abound. Ariel Lawhon has delved among them all and emerged with her own conspiracy theory. She fleshes out the crew and passengers including Emilie Imhoff, the celebrated only female crew member aboard the luxurious German airships ill-fated transAtlantic voyage in 1937. She succeeds in bringing them all into credible interactions the goodies, the baddies, the innocents. Best of all, she makes the Hindenberg almost tangible in the vivid re-creation of its elegant common rooms and stylish hospitality. It even had a smoking room. She might be right in her hypotheses. Or not. Verdict: Engrossing MEMOIR No Way But Gentlenesse Richard Hines Bloomsbury $36.99 A Kestrel for a Knave was a 1960s novel by Barry Hines, and the story and film version, Kes resonate still for their depiction of a harsh life in a failing South Yorkshire mining village. The central character was a teenager who found and nurtured a young kestrel. His dutiful care and attention gave life to bird and boy. Richard Hines, Barrys younger brother, was that boy and his memoir is an account of an avian obsession that helped him overcome a poor education and find his calling. Richard writes from the heart and this is his homage to another world. Sadly Barry died this year, but he would surely have been proud of his brothers literary debut. Verdict: Compelling PROUDLY SPONSORED BY 1/30 SMITH STREET MGreat knots at East Point. They fatten up during the Wet, then return to their Arctic breeding grounds in March Art beat A SHORE THING Each year thousands of birds flock to Darwins coastline after an epic journey from the other side of the world. Their flight is a work of art, literally Charles Darwin University visual arts students Jane Anderson, Leah Clarke and Ben Steane have contributed to the Flyway Print Exchange: Birds Without Borders Award tamara howie Arts