Lyndon Davis, Leah Barclay and Tricia King

Murang Ngai

Lake Cootharaba Foreshore, Boreen Point

Sat 24 June to Sun 30 July

The word ‘Murang’ in Kabi Kabi language signifies totem systems and refers to animals or flesh. ‘Ngai’ relates to identity and means ‘I’.  Murang Ngai translates to ‘Us in Them’ and ‘Them is Us’, exploring the interconnectivity of everything in the environment.

Murang Ngai is the latest evolution of the interdisciplinary research project, Beeyali, led by Lyndon Davis in collaboration with Leah Barclay and Tricia King at the University of the Sunshine Coast. This initiative brings together Indigenous knowledge, art, science, and new technology to visualise the calls of wildlife on Kabi Kabi Country. Environmental interconnection plays an important role in Beeyali to foster an embodied understanding of local ecosystems and inspire a collective sense of responsibility and ecological empathy.

Murang Ngai draws on sonic visualisations from culturally significant species such as the white-bellied sea eagle, rainbow lorikeet, cockatoo, black swan, dolphin, and native bee. The work invites reflection and encourages a multi-sensory engagement with place, disrupting anthropocentric worldviews. Through a unique combination of Indigenous knowledge, contemporary art, emerging science and new technologies, this project calls for a deeper understanding of interconnection that respects and cares for non-human life.


Often the best writing about art is simple and easy to understand – something that’s not always synonymous with ‘art-speak’ and the language encountered in art galleries and exhibition reviews. Community Critics sees a range of people from different backgrounds write responses to Floating Land projects, describing and interpreting them through their own lens.

COMMUNITY CRITIC: Alex Murray (Tech Villager)

Lyndon Davis, Leah Barclay and Tricia King

Murang Ngai

When I think of Floating Land, I picture installations tucked around the shore at Boreen Point, nestled amongst the vegetation. With this series of artworks interpreting native animals, I love imagining that I’m discovering a creature in its natural habitat. I might catch a glimpse of it through the trees first, or perhaps hear hints of it, before I get close enough for a good look.

There’s a similar process of discovery the more you learn about how the artwork was created and I’ve really enjoyed peeling back some of those layers. At first glance, it just looks like a beautiful abstract pattern. Then you notice that there are textures and colours reminiscent of a creature. Dig a little deeper and you discover that the specific pattern is based on the sonic vibrations of the creature’s call.

I’ve previously only seen the patterns made by sound waves in internet videos where cornstarch bounces around on speakers. I love that this artwork has pushed that weird and wonderful phenomenon further, and mashed up the patterns with photos of the creatures. After all, patterns are all around us in nature, in ferns and seashells and butterfly wings. This strikes me as a very contemporary interpretation of the relationship traditional custodians have with country.

This year’s theme of “Us and Them” is very timely considering how much division there is in the world. Seeing the beautiful result of melding together two extremes like ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science makes me wonder how else we can use art to bring people together.


Murang Ngai artist talk

Lake Cootharaba Foreshore, Boreen Point

Thu 6 July,  6 – 7pm

Hear Lyndon Davis talk about this project and see the works come to life through AR with Lake Cootharaba as a backdrop on Thursday 6 July at 6.00pm.


BYO picnic blanket is welcome.

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Murang Ngai multi-sensory event

Lake Cootharaba Foreshore, Boreen Point

Sun 30 July, 5 – 7pm

As Floating Land: Us and Them comes to a close, join Lyndon Davis for a multi-sensory event including performance, projection, soundscape and shared food on Sunday 30 July at 5.00pm.


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The project has also received support from ANAT and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Van Badham / Banned Books / Jordyn Burnett / Behrouz Boochani and Arnold Zable / Brotherhood of the Wordless / Community Critics / Lyndon Davis, Leah Barclay and Tricia King / Fiona Foley / Juan Ford / Todd Fuller / Warwick Gow / Aunty Helena Gulash and James Muller / Kim Guthrie / Miriam Innes / Soda Jerk / Ketakii Jewson-Brown and Shaye Hardisty / Deborah Kelly / Kidsplained / Jaime Kiss / Kim Leutwyler / Louise Martin-Chew / Peter Rowe / Van T Rudd / Amy Sargeant / Ian Smith / Shelley Ware / Judy Watson / Megan Williams / Gosia Wlodarczak / Laura Woodward