Floating Land attracts internationally acclaimed artists
  • Tuesday 24 May 2011

Conceived in 2001 as an outdoor sculpture exhibition, Floating Land has made a name for itself as one of Australia’s leading Green Art events. In 2011, Floating Land is celebrating its sixth year as a ten-day program of workshops and events, bringing people from across the Asia-Pacific together with communities on the Sunshine Coast and attracting internationally acclaimed artists.

This year the festival welcomes Dr Ros Bandt who is an internationally renowned pioneer of interactive sound installations. With some 40 sound installations worldwide, her innovative sound compositions, performances and environments have been constantly in demand in America, Europe and Australasia.

"Bandt’s work aligns perfectly with this year’s festival theme being ‘Water Culture’, by investigating the delicate balance between wet and dry in our natural landscape," said Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay.

Bandt’s performance installation: Blue Gold will be held at 6pm Friday June 3 and will involve performers interpreting electro-acoustic work composed for cello, clarinets, sculptures and digital colour field imagery. The glass and earth sculptures that will be floating in the water and sitting on the sand will act as timers to reflect the balance between water and earth and the role we are playing in its care and destruction.

"To stop still, to take time to listen is an uncommon practice in modern civilised white society. Listening requires a sharing of temporal space; it is a communal experience very much defined by the sense of place. Blue Gold will encourage people to recognise the acoustic space of the Lake Cootharaba site as well as sound fields sourced from diverse areas such as the deep waters of the Southern Ocean and the arid Mungo desert," said Bandt.

"The festival has been able to attract internationally acclaimed lead artists such as Dr Ros Bandt due to the expansion of the festival to other venues which has provided a diverse and dynamic program," explains Cr McKay.

The focal venue for Floating Land is Boreen Point at Lake Cootharaba in the UNESCO-listed biosphere of Noosa, with satellite locations at Coolum and Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast.

Workshops / Public Program

In addition to her performance, Ros Bandt will facilitate a series of sound ecology workshops and collaborative responses to the environment. She has agreed to speak on the Water Culture Forum and the Remnant Emergency Artlab Symposium.