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Planning is now well under way for the fifth Floating Land, a biennial green art event which is focused on climate change.

To be held from June 19 to 28 at Boreen Point, Floating Land will coincide with the Noosa Longweekend.

The theme of climate change and the impact of rising sea levels on coastal and island communities of the Pacific Ocean will be explored by visual and performance artists, photographers, writers and musicians, scientists and researchers.

The event will involve renowned international artists from New Zealand, Vanuatu and New Caledonia plus Australian artists and Pacific Ocean communities living in Australia.

The majority of the artwork will be created over a number of days and be site-specific. At the end of the event all the artworks will be on “exhibition” at their sites, finally decaying, washing away or being removed.

Since 2001, Floating Land has gained national and international recognition for nurturing art and environment themes. The 2009 Floating Land – Rising Seas will expand the genres of art and creative forms employed to explore the theme with critical writing, performance works and new media to be included.

Visitors to Floating Land will be encouraged to stop and watch the sculptors over the 10-day event, participate in the workshops, attend the forums, follow the daily photography exhibits, and watch the spectacle that has become known as Firings On The Lake at sunset on stunning Lake Cootharaba.

Boreen Point on Lake Cootharaba will be the principal venue for the Floating Land artists’ workshops, performances and food events, while the installations will be built over a 2km stretch of the lake’s shoreline.

An emphasis on “systems thinking” will shape Floating Land 2009 and the artists’ involvement in the event. Other research will culminate in a “think tank”, Shifting Paradigms: Rethinking Nature and Culture.

The Noosa Regional Gallery will hold two Pacific Island exhibitions in conjunction with Floating Land at the gallery in Tewantin. “The canary in the coal mine” for climate change is a term employed to describe Tuvalu, an island group in the Pacific Ocean.


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