Green art event to inspire conversation
  • Wednesday 11 May 2011

Floating Land – a multi-arts biennial event featuring local and international artists presented by Sunshine Coast Council – will be held at the central site of Boreen Point at Lake Cootharaba from 27 May to 5 June 2011.

The aim of the 10-day event is to create an ongoing conversation about art and the environment, around this year’s theme of Water Culture and how it impacts our lives.
The event will bring people together from across the Asia Pacific region, including visual and performance artists, cultural practitioners, writers and educators along with the local community. Boreen Point in the UNESCO-listed Noosa Biosphere region will be the central site, with secondary locations at the Coolum Boardwalk and the Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy. 
This year, Floating Land will expand from its traditional elements to incorporate ephemeral art, light and sound performances and installations, as well as social media, to engage the digital community.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Water Culture theme resonated strongly with the community after the natural disasters of early 2011.

“The natural disasters experienced in 2011 are a horrific reminder that climate change is a reality,” Cr McKay said.

“Floating Land offers a platform for creative responses, provocations and interactive experiences that can underpin new ways of thinking and inspire change.”

Examples of displayed works are Dr Ros Bandt’s Blue Gold, a multi-media performance installation exploring the balance between wet and dry in the natural landscape and Lyndon Davis’s multi-sensory installation relating to indigenous knowledge of water systems.

Floating Land guest curator, Leah Barclay – a multi-award winning Australian artist – said the program’s aim was to inspire solutions to challenge water issues.

“The diverse creative responses are embedded in a program of community workshops, forums and interactive labs designed to confront and challenge a spectrum of water issues across disciplines,” she said.

“The intention is not just to deliver engaging experiences for the local community, but also to harness the energy of these conversations, ideas and visions across virtual platforms exploring new paradigms for our collective future.”

Floating Land is the first event to kick off Green June – a series of eco-focused events and activities that run across the Coast, throughout the month of June. Green June aims to equip Sunshine Coast residents with the necessary skills and motivation to lead eco-friendly lifestyles.

For more information about Floating Land 2011, visit council’s website.