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These images represent an exploration of the Shoalhaven River in southern New South Wales, Australia. They specifically address the existence of the river, which runs across floodplains, and has had a dynamic and active life, changing direction, remapping its own presence in the landscape over centuries, as large weather events have occurred.
A decade ago the large Tallowa dam was constructed upstream with the intention of providing drinking water to the communities on the south coast of New South Wales. It changed the life of the river, the migration of the perch fish from river breeding out to sea on an annual basis, and transformation of the reeds and grasses growing in/along the river, the destruction of the mangroves, and a transformation of the salt content of the water itself which has been reflected in changing fish stocks.
In order to explore some of these issues, I spent a day on the river in a boat, stopping to talk with people about their use of the river and why they were there, listening also to the dawn chorus, of the afternoon and into evening changes of birdlife, insects and fish jumping, representing the temporal flow and dynamism of the landscape itself.
Garth Paine is known internationally as an innovator in experimental music and media arts with a particular interest in environmental sound. He is currently based at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is the founder and director of VIPRe (Virtual Interactive Performance Research environment). His work, ranging from field recordings of environmental sound to interactive installations performed by members of the public, has been presented throughout Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, Hong Kong, Korea and New Zealand.