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Nomanslanding - A Darling Harbour Interactive Exhibition.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is putting on an exhibition in Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour called Nomanslanding. It is a FREE interactive and reflective experience for all to use to help commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC.
There is so much history relating to Sydney's WW1 effort the Authority wants to acknowledge the history of the area. During WWI Darling Harbour played a significant part as a loading port.
As part of the ANZAC commemoration, the interactive exhibition of Nomanslanding will bring to life aspects of World War One.
To achieve this part of Cockle Bay will be transformed into a floating series of folding pontoon bridges and a floating dome structure that will extend out from either side of Cockle Bay into the middle. The floating dome sections will stop at about 10 metres from each other to give you a feeling of how close the soldiers were during WW1 and the conflict they had to endure during those times. The water separating each of the domes will be representing No Mans Land.
Artist impression of Nomanslanding. Photo courtesy of Exhibitor.
To experience this you will be able to walk onto the floating pontoon bridges from either side of Cockle Bay.
It will be from here the pontoon will slowly fold out towards the middle of the bay, stopping when they are ten metres apart. After a short while the domes will then come together.
Here inside the dark dome you will experience a multimedia installation/performance. The sounds will vibrate and ricochet across the dome, leading the audience from terror to redemption.
This exhibition at Darling Harbour will be the first of 3 folding pontoon bridges and floating dome structures will be set up around the world. Later in the year the exhibition will travel to the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow and the Ruhrtrienniale in Germany.
How they came up with the idea.
On the 13th of January 2014 the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority hosted a think tank at an artist's retreat at Bundanoon in Southern NSW. They brought together a number of internationally acclaimed public artists to brain storm a number of ideas.
It was here that the idea for Nomanslanding was born.
The artists were Robyn Backen from Sydney, Andre Dekker from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Graham Eatough from Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Nigel Helyer from Sydney and Jennifer Turpin who was also from Sydney. Now these five artists had never met before and they had nine days to come up with some ideas for Dirt, Blood and Water.
While there they explored three themes in the context of human connections to waterways, life at the edge of land, and the military echoes of The Great War in these urban habitats. They were also joined by experts across a range of disciplines including urban planning, social geography, maritime archaeology and engineering.
During the nine day residency, the artists worked with curators: Michael Cohen - Sydney Foreshore Authority, Katja Aßmann - artistic director of Urbane Künste Ruhr, Germany and Lorenzo Mele - senior arts officer, Glasgow Merchant City Festival.
To help you get a small insight into what went on during the 9 day think tank, have a look below at the three and a half minute You Tube clip that was put together.
The Nomanslanding Installation exhibition will commence on the 2nd of April and finish on the 3rd of May.
You will be able to experience the exhibition from 11am to 7pm daily, with the last entry being at 6.30pm each day.
After the Nomanslanding Exhibition finishes in Sydney it will then move onto Duisburg Ruhrort Ruhr district and the Clyde River in Glasgow. Here a pair of identical floating walkways will be sited on opposing shores to create the same effect as in Sydney.
The five artists involved
As stated earlier five leading artists from Europe and Australia have created the 120m floating artwork called Nomanslanding, an interactive and thought-provoking installation to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC.
Robyn Backen. Photo courtesy of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
body of work evolves from her research into the acoustics of ancient whispering architecture. Her installations are often technologically complex yet are minimal in appearance. www.robynbacken.com
Andre Dekker. Photo courtesy of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
plus Artist group Observatorium were founded 1997 by Geert van de Camp, Andre Dekker and Ruud Reutelingsperger in Rotterdam, The Netherlands - creates sculptures which give new meaning and provoke new use in environments that are in transit. Waste lands, urban wilderness and suburbia are investigated.
Andre Dekker is an author, editor and guest professor at universities in the Netherlands, France and Germany. In 2003 he founded the Open-air University, and is an advisor to Sculpture International, Rotterdam. www.observatorium.org
Graham Eatough. Photo courtesy of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
is a theatre maker who also works in visual arts and film. Graham directed and occasionally performed in, fifteen productions for Suspect Culture from 1995 until the company ended in 2009. Graham is currently directing Alasdiar Gray's landmark novel Lanark for the Citizens Theatre at the Edinburgh International Festival, and a new film-work with artist Stephen Sutcliffe based on the Anthony Burgess Enderby novels. www.grahameatough.com www.suspectculture.com
Dr. Nigel Helyer (a.k.a DrSonique)
Dr. Nigel Helyer. Photo courtesy of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
is an independent sculptor and sound-artist who has forged an international reputation for large scale sound-sculpture installations, environmental public artworks and new media projects. www.sonicobjects.com
Jennifer Turpin. Photo courtesy of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
is a public artist with 20 years experience creating kinetic installations engaging water, wind and light as sculptural media. www.turpincrawford.com
The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority expects the Nomanslanding exhibition to attract over 20,000 visitors, so I would suggest that you get there early. It will open to the public at 11am, with the final session at 7pm daily, from 2 April – 3 May.
NOTE 1: Please be advised that for your safety, sensible footwear must be worn by anyone wishing to enter the Nomanslanding installation.
NOTE 2: Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
NOTE 3: The Nomanslanding installation experience includes loud noises, simulated wartime sounds, darkness and confined spaces. It is not recommended for children under six years of age.
Once you have experienced the exhibition on Cockle Bay (around 30 minutes) and you have been taken on a journey of a soldier's experience during wartime, you should then take time to visit the other activities that form part of Darling Harbour's ANZAC commemoration program:
• Peace has Trembled Here – historical images and timeline at the Poppy Wall. Venue: Palm Grove Darling Harbour. 2nd of April to 3rd of May. Daily.
• A contemporary portrait exhibition by a Turkish-Australian artist called The Descendants Project. Venue: Darling Harbour Live Hoarding Stage, adjacent to Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour. 2nd of April to 3rd of May.
• Make your own Poppy to take home as a lasting symbol of remembrance. Venue 1: Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre Foyer, Darling Harbour. 7th April to 25th April. Daily. 2pm-4pm.
Venue 2: Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour. 11th of April to 3rd of May. Saturdays and Sundays. 11am-1pm.
• The Making of Nomanslanding – Artist talk. Join the artists behind Nomanslanding as they share their journey in the creation of this world-first interactive artwork.
• A series of talks at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Refer to web site. • Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People Venue: The Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre. Refer to web site.
When you have gone through all of this and you are looking for more to do you could explore the culinary delights of Cockle Bay, go for a harbour cruise, take in the Chinese Garden of Friendship or visit the Australian National Maritime Museum. There is just so much to do at Darling Harbour.