Nomanslanding is a breathtaking, floating installation that has been co-commissioned by leading organisations in Australia, Scotland and Germany. This creative collaboration represents a poignant partnership between historical foes, 100 years on from the war that reshaped the globe.
In January of 2014 three curators came together; Katja Aßmann of Urbane Kunste Ruhr, Michael Cohen of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, and Lorenzo Mele of Glasgow Life / Merchant City Festival. They invited European and Australian artists to collaborate with experts from urban planning, social geography, maritime archaeology and marine engineering fields, to create a site specific work for three urban waterways that shared an industrial heritage and echoes of WW1.
Artists Robyn Backen (Australia), Andre Dekker (The Netherlands), Graham Eatough (Scotland), Nigel Helyer (Australia) and Jennifer Turpin (Australia) have worked together for a year,through digital communications and site visits, to jointly create Nomanslanding.
Visitors will traverse the pontoon bridges across Cockle Bay and step into a surround-sound installation and performance while floating in the middle of the bay. There they will be taken on a poetic journey of a soldier’s experience during wartime: confrontation and conflict, fighting and falling, time slows and life speeds past – no man’s land.
The work will premiere as a part of the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations in Darling Harbour, Sydney and run throughout April 2015. Nomanslanding will then travel to the Merchant City Festival, Glasgow in July and the Ruhrtrienniale, Germany in August.
The experience is FREE
For more information visit www.darlingharbour.com