Landing – FOLA (Festival of Live Art) [Melbourne]
Friday March 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Melbourne City Baths
420 Swanston St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000
tBALinda D'Ornay & Ilana Gelbert
Language/ Cultural Consultant:
About the Show
An absurd swimming carnival, a desperate endurance act and a continuous relay in which the distance between Manus Island and Australia will be collectively swum. Through the murky waters of past and present immigration policy, participants will move both towards and away from the idea of home.
Landing invites you to physically experience distance and participate in a policy of exile – which both underpinned Australia’s colonisation and is repeated today at offshore detention sites. Swimmers wearing island-shaped hats will plunge into the Melbourne City Baths main pool, attempting to swim a distance equivalent to the ocean stretch between Manus and Australia’s mainland.
Sign on and suit up – a range of performers and speakers, and those new to swimming, will guide you and cheer you on, in a collective contemplation of home and histories of Australian immigration.
Creator: Tanya Lee
Acknowledgements: Landing was developed at the SITUATE Art in Festival Arts LAB 2016
Image by: Courtesy of the artist; thanks to Mr Richard Lee
$10 entry to Melbourne City Baths includes entry to SQUASH!