A\J Night (39.5) #2: Louis Helbig on the sunken villages of the St. Lawrence and Burton Lim on bats

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How were residents impacted by the relocation (and destruction) of villages to build the St. Lawrence Seaway? Why is environmental art so important in Canada today? Will people ever care as much about bats dying off as they do about bees?  What’s the role of traditional knowledge in conservation projects in Guyana? These four very different questions are all answered in this edition of the A\J Podcast.

We reviewed Louis Helbig’s Sunken Villages exhibit in Night. While you only have a few more days to see the aerial photos of  in person at the Marianne Van Silfhout Public Gallery in Brockville as the exhibit is there until November 2, Helbig’s work shines light on important issues that extend beyond the life of his art exhibit. You can learn more about the history of the St. Lawrence Seaway by visiting SunkenVillages.ca, and also by listening to this edition of the A\J podcast.

 Emily Slofstra interviewed Helbig and also received several clips from some of the audio interviews that Helbig had done with residents of the villages that had been destroyed and relocated. The interviews are woven throughout the podcast. Slofstra and Helbig also chat about the importance of environmental art to challenge Canada’s reliance on resource extraction. (4:13)

 Slofstra also interviewed Burton Lim, Assistant Curator of Mammalogy at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Lim contributed to Night with They Only Come Out at Night, featuring everyone’s favourite flying mammal, the cute and cuddly bat. Slofstra and Lim discussed the importance of bats and their different roles, as well as human perceptions of bats, the role of traditional knowledge in Lim’s work, and how to join a research expedition in Guyana or Borneo. (40:22)

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