Floating Land: point to point marked the 10th iteration of one of Noosa’s most significant and iconic cultural events. Conceived in 2001 as a biennial outdoor sculptural program, Floating Land: point to point had a presence across two key anchor sites in 2019 – Boreen Point and Noosa National Park.
From the serene shores of Lake Cootharaba at Boreen Point to the rocky outcrops of Noosa National Park – and several spaces in between – visitors were invited to experience thoughtful, challenging and environmentally aware works that engage sensitively with these special and spectacular spaces.
2019 Artists' Projects
A series of dazzling, hand-painted caravans inspired by Andrew’s Wiradjuri heritage, popular culture and the circus. Realised in collaboration with artists from the local community.
BOREEN POINT, NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY, NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
Bianca Beetson with Leah Barclay
Responding to the abhorrent history of the Indigenous massacre site at Murdering Creek, Beetson presents a poetically poignant installation in the lake’s waters while, in collaboration with Barclay, audio and video from the site are streamed into Noosa Regional Gallery.
LAKE WEYBA, NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY
Masao Okabe & Chihiro Minato
Trees to Trees
Returning to Noosa 31 years after his first visit, Okabe returns with Minato to revisit and document surfaces from around Noosa, captured in collaboration with the local community.
VARIOUS SITES ACROSS NOOSA, NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY
You are Nature, Nature is You
Emerging from the bush alongside Mountain Bike Trail #1, Ford’s life-sized figures continue his examination of the human form and its relationship to the environment.
TEWANTIN NATIONAL PARK
Domenico de Clario
Floating Land, Floating Moon
Attuned to the cycles of the moon, de Clario performs blindfolded, giving us improvised compositions from dusk to dawn while the sounds of two different bodies of water merge with those of his piano.
BOREEN POINT, NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
Palm Grove Circuit Response
Embedded in the dense greenery along the Palm Grove Circuit, walkers catch glimpses of Keating’s impressively scaled paintings sitting in contrast to the lush tangle of the natural environment.
NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
A new way to experience the soundscapes of rivers with live listening points layered with sonic art responding to the health of the river. Soundscapes will be accessed via guided interactive tours.
NOOSA EVERGLADES, NOOSA RIVER
James Muller’s epically scaled video projections return to Floating Land, transforming the surface of the natural environment, layered with stories of place.
Ephemeral Art Trail
The result of an ephemeral art masterclass lead by Leonie Barton, a trail of site-specific ephemeral works by 10 locally practicing artists traces a journey along the foreshore of Lake Cootharaba.
Karla Pringle & Ross Annels
Analogue Environmental Sound Synthesiser
A ceremonial platform providing an analogue prosthetic for listening at the lake, where participants are invited to enter a collaborative and immersive bodily synthesis with the environment.
Tamara Kirby & Corrie Wright
SiteLine exposes a fragment of the vast hidden network of lines, trails and pathways throughout our environment. From the point to point co-ordinances, the network is an open ended system connected by invisible membranes.
Kris Martin & Gabrielle Quakawoot
As a canopy of bamboo stars hover above the lake, we are asked to consider the relationship between stars (points in time and space) and the blackness of space that holds them.
Samantha Taylor & Miles Allen
Two identical spheres are placed in differing circumstances: one on land, one at ‘sea’ above the lake waters, yet due to their distance apart, they are never seen exactly as the same.
M.A.D.E. Walking (Many Adventures Directly Experienced Walking) is an ongoing project where the singular and static view of the landscape is undone through the making of drawings that require a journey for their creation.
NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY, NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
A Plague of Polypods
Beautiful shimmering coral-like pods have morphed from the sea bed to repose along our shoreline. Are they some alien living pods that are invading our beaches or polyps evolving from the invasion of microplastics.
BOREEN POINT, NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY, LITTLE COVE to NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
David Bentley Trio with cellist Dr Danielle Bentley
Dawn Jazz Performance
Recognising Rocky Point as a significant gathering place for the area’s original inhabitants as well as the historical site of Jazz on the Rocks, this performance pays homage to the majesty of Lake Cootharaba.
Jane Parker & Maureen Riggs
Shrine for the river and ocean
A series of shrines referencing the Japanese Shinto Tradition of leaving devotional messages, the public are invited to scribe their own message on plaques made from refuse reclaimed from local waterways.
NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY
Storyplace: Noosa National Park
STORYPLACE is a locally driven arts event that shares the stories of natural and constructed landmarks throughout the world - stories shared by elders, poets, musicians, artists and other community keepers of knowledge.
NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
View works by the prize winners of Immerse High 2019, the world's first Immersive storytelling competition for high school students. Students were asked to respond to Floating Land’s 2019 theme, point to point.
NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY
Starry Nights Cinema
Place of Crowes
Place of Crowes features descendants of Kabi Kabi elders Willie Crowe and Emma Dunne sharing stories and research related to their family. It is a powerful and emotional story of identity, loss, resilience and the strength of family bonds.
BOREEN POINT (Apollonian Hotel)
An exhibition in memory of artist and Floating Land alumna, Sue Coburn, featuring works sourced from the private collections of friends and family.
BOREEN POINT (Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club)
Travelling Colony was initially commissioned and presented by Carriageworks and Sydney Festival 2012.
Travelling Colony (Noosa) has been supported by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Services Network, Blaklash, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Creative Arts Alliance, St Andrew’s Anglican College and Sunshine Beach State High School.
River Listening from Source to Sea has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Griffith University.
Projects by Juan Ford, Ash Keating, Leonie Barton, Red Chair and Art forARTSake have been supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Noosa Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.