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
- June 2022 – CinemAmbiente – Torino, Italy – World Premiere!
- August 2022 – Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt – Weiterstadt, Germany
- August 2022 – Smaragdni Eco Film Festival – various places, Croatia
- September 2022 – Lucca Film Festival – Lucca, Italy – special programme „Films For Our Future“
- September 2022 – Cinema Planeta – Mexico City, Mexico
- October 2022 – Cine Eco – Seia, Portugal
- October 2022 – Innsbruck Nature Film Festival – Innsbruck, Austria
- October 2022 – IndieCork – Cork, Ireland
- November 2022 – Nordische Filmtage – Lübeck, Germany
- November 2022 – Flensburger Kurzfilmtage – Flensburg, Germany
More coming up, stay tuned!
Video installation „Black Summer“
- January 2023 – Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Expanded Media Exhibition – Stuttgart, Germany
Links and Contact
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Links about the Australian Black Summer:
- BBC news, “Australia fires: A visual guide to the bushfire crisis” : status of Jan 31st 2020 (before the end of the fires), includes many graphs, visualizations, photographs and satellite-derived imagery:
- Wikipedia page “2019–20 Australian bushfire season”: many collected facts and an extensive list of links
Links about the satellite Himawari-8:
- Wikipedia page on Himawari-8
- JMA page on Himawari-8: lots of technical information and more
- BoM page on Himawari-8: lots of technical information and links to the scientific data at NCI, which was also used to create the images in this film
- NICT images from Himawari-8 data: real-time and historic images in beautiful quality (Note that these are not used in the film)
Works by Felix Dierich
- Halt (2003)
- Rocky (2013)
- A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit (2018) – on Vimeo (public) (Staff Pick Premiere)
- Shapes and Sizes, Storms and Smoke (2020)
- Three Unknown Territories (2020)
- Black Summer – Australia 2019/2020 (short film, 2022)
- 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, Compositing||Felix Dierich|
|Himawari-8 Satellite data||Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)|
Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)
National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)
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