Duisburg/ Ruhrort, Ruhrtriennale/Urbane Künste Ruhr, from August 14th.
Nomanslanding is a major public artwork that tells the stories of our waterways in times of war. It was conceived by five international artists working with collaborating curators from across Europe and Australia.
The curators asked the question: how do we create site responsive work that is both grounded in place and able to tour? How can it speak of urban connection to waterways and historical connection and resonance with the Great War.
Urban intervention artworks are most potent when they 'fit' into their specific site and context, but this makes them difficult to move. The curators wanted to align the potential settings for an artwork with specific themes and development methodology, prior to commissioning the work. They proposed a new model for collaborative gestation and for the presentation of site responsive work internationally.
The result is a large-scale public artwork designed for three different waterways of significant industrial heritage—the River Clyde in Glasgow, the former Eisenbahnhafen at Duisburg-Ruhrort in Germany and Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia. It will allow the audience to walk across a water body and experience a performance in a floating dome in the middle of the river or harbour.
Nomanslanding is conceived by five international artists – Robyn Backen, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin - working with collaborating curators Katja Aßmann, Urbane Künste Ruhr, Michael Cohen, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Lorenzo Mele, Merchant City Festival.
NoMansLanding is a poetic reminder of the isolation, uncertainty - and occasionally the fleeting unity - experienced by soldiers on both sides of the War.
Darling Harbour, Sydney: 1st April - 31st May 2015 Darling Harbour will host a program of events next year commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and reflecting its history as a key loading port during the First World War. http://www.darlingharbour.com/whats-on/nomanslanding.aspx
Duisburg/ Ruhrort, Ruhrtriennale/Urbane Kunste Ruhr: 14th August 2015