On New Nature’s Readings or How privets feed Possums


You are reading the latest book by Tim Low, New Nature, the follow up to Feral Future which you discussed before on this forum.
This latest effort from the biologist focus on a re-interpretation of what “nature” is, in it Low breaks down the artificially construct which is wilderness and what it means to us humans or more to the point, what it means our understanding of wilderness to the very habitants of the environments.

‘We are imprisoned by a paradox, wilderness is supposed to be the one environment we let alone and don’t manipulate. But manipulate we must!’

Lots of the book is pure gold, extensively researched and cross referenced arguments, backed up by statements from experts like David Cole, a wilderness biologist:

“all wilderness ecosystems would be artificial constructs to some extent, conscious reconstructions of what humans think is ‘natural’”

New nature from there then launches in a detailed account of various instances where native flora and fauna adapt and , indeed, exploit the changes humans did to the Australian ecosystem.
You witnessed such a modern relationship from your very backyard, were ringtail possums show their level of adaptability by augmenting their winter diet with Privet's leaves (Ligustrum Lucidum).
The list of native animals exploiting man-made environments is amazingly extensive, like Flying Foxes (fruit bats) which form enourmous camps within Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but none in surrounding national parks, or the incredible erray of migratory birds found in flodded mine shafts, but you'll leave this list to when you finished the book.
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Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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