On Sunday I went to Boreen Point to see the Floating Land Festival.
Found at the website for the Festival:
I liked coming across this piano that was positioned overlooking the water ... chairs lined up in front... found the video below of the musician installed to play for the passers-by. When I was there there was simply a sign on the piano saying "play me!"
|Brisbane Artist Anthony (Tenee) Dyer plays piano as part |
of his Floating Land installation beside Lake Cootharaba
( - ABC Multiplatform) watch this video!
There were all kinds of activities and instillations. I'm going to focus on one thing that really captured my attention. At this location by the water there were some sculptural works in situ next to a tent where people had been working.
I decided to drive to the nearby town of Cooroy to the old Butter factory to see the opening of the official exhibition of these woven works.
Go to the Ghost Nets Australia website to read about the program. This is what I found waiting of me which was spectacular to say the least. As I walked around and read more about this work it struck me as an incredibly powerful testament to the fragility of life as we know it on this planet if we don't face the now with intelligence, industriousness and above all good common sense. This exhibition has loads of those qualities and is remarkable for its visual aesthetic above all!
|copy of a photo on poster|
|I didnt get a shot of the whole work... I was quite distracted by getting |
close-ups of the incredible fibres and weaving in the work.
See the map of where the participants live here.
Image taken: 0000-00-00Photographer: Djawa Yunupingu, Director of Dhimurru
Land Management Aboriginal Corporation
Subject: Hawkesbill turtle getting away from net
Location: Cape Arnhem, 2001
At the dump site for ghost nets
Image taken: 2005-10-14
Photographer: Jane Dermer
Subject: At the end of the day at dump
Marthakal Rangers & Sam Muller
Location: Galiwin'ku landfill, Elcho Island, Northern Arnhem Land
6 Tonne Taiwanese Gill Net
Image taken: 2006-11-10Photographer: Jane Dermer, Carpentaria Ghost Nets Project
Officer based at Dhimurru Land Management Aborigianl corporation
office in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory.
Subject: 6 tonne net retrieved from ocean off Arnhem Land
by a joint operation with Aust. Fish Mangagement Authoirty,
customs, NT Parks & Dhimurru personnel
Location: Nhulunbuy, North East Arnhem Land,
Northern Territory, Australia
Th is festival is on for a another week. I'm so pleased I was up the coast for a workshop I conducted at Caloundra on Saturday... it was an easy trip to see this on Sunday.
Have a good week everyone!
PS: This Saturday coming I'll be presenting my Homage to the Seed project at a brilliant event in Brisbane... read more at studio blog here. If you're in Brisbane there's some great things to get involved with on the day! I'll add that later this week.