Sunday, 16. December 2018, 23:03 - 00:00, Ö1



Zealandia - A pre-human Utopia
Live from RP4 Studio in the ORF Funkhaus Vienna

by Elisabeth Schimana


A residency led Elisabeth Schimana 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.“

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 about it.