Water management makes a splash through art in Noosa
  • Tuesday 28 May 2013

A panel of artists will discuss water management for Indigenous Australians at the Balance-Unbalance International Conference in Noosa this month, running in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council’s Floating Land 2013.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the three-day conference, which forms part of the Floating Land festival program was designed to use art to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society.

“The Dam(N) Project is one of the artistic collaborations that hopes to generate meaningful panel discussion about the cultural significance of water and water management within Australia and abroad,” Cr McKay said.

“The Dam(N) project was conceived by Jehan Kanga and developed in collaboration with Leah Barclay and Shakthi Sivanathan, all from Australia.”

Dam(N) panel member and Sunshine Coast sound artist Leah Barclay said the project stems from the learnings of one of the largest social movements in India’s modern history, the Narmada Bachao Andolan.

“The project showcases the lives of remote communities in the Narmada Valley of North India where millions of Indigenous people have been displaced by large-scale dams,” Ms Barclay said.

“The festival program includes Dam(N) Project performances which have been developed in collaboration with the Atakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in India and dancers Meghna Nambiar and Sylvester Mardi.

“The Dam(N) performance, which will be showcased four times at the Boreen Point Main Beach Foreshore during the festival, has a deeper meaning than just being entertaining.

“The performance at the festival is a compilation of our learnings from India and explores the strikingly similar experiences around water management that we have here in Australia.”

The Balance-Unbalance International Conference will take place at the Central Queensland University Noosa Campus at 90 Goodchap Street, Noosaville from 31 May until 2 June with satellite events at The J, Noosa and Lake Cootharaba as part of the 2013 Floating Land Festival.

The 2013 Floating Land Festival runs from 31 May until 9 June and incorporates a diverse range of traditional, contemporary and virtual art forms including sculptural installations, dance, music, theatre and written and spoken word.

Visit Floating Land website to view the full festival program and find out more about the activities taking place at the festival’s home at Boreen Point and other satellite events around the Sunshine Coast. For more information about the Balance-Unbalance International Conference visit the website.