Black Summer

Black Summer – Australia 2019/2020

by Felix Dierich soundtrack by Roman Vehlken D 2022

hybrid short film – experimental animated documentary – 4K or FHD 16:9 – 5.1 sound – 11:40 min
video installation – 4K or FHD, multi-channel loop – stereo or 5.1 sound – 10 min

In the “Black Summer” of 2019/2020, Australia had some of the worst bushfires in its history. More than 20% of the forested area of the continent was destroyed, more than a billion animals were killed along with significant human casualties. The meteorological satellite Himawari-8 observed this catastrophe from the far distance.

For this experimental animated documentary, terabytes of satellite data were processed with specially developed algorithms, combining visible light and infrared measurements with heat detection. Animated, the rendered images form a hypnotic stream, documenting the catastrophe like never seen before. The work is presented as a hybrid short film or a video installation.

Screenings „Black Summer“ short film

More coming up, stay tuned!

Video installation „Black Summer“

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Works by Felix Dierich

Short films:
  • OL night trash (video installation, 200?)
  • Nachrichtennetzwerk, Ausstellung Medienumbrüche (interactive news network installation, 2004)
  • Black Summer – Australia 2019/2020 (video installation, 2023)

Various photography projects.


Credits of „Black Summer – Australia 2019/2020“

Concept, Algorithms and Coding, Image Creation, Colour, CompositingFelix Dierich
SoundtrackRoman Vehlken
Himawari-8 Satellite dataJapan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)
National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)

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