Presented by Arts House for Festival of Live Art
8pm till late, Sat 17 Mar
$10 entry to Melbourne City Baths
Melbourne City Baths
420 Swanston St,
$10 entry to Melbourne City Baths includes entry to SQUASH!
Landing is a participatory art work where participants are required to swim in the pool wearing an island hat (as seen in the photo above). Sign up here.
Auslan Interpreted – 8pm -12am, Sat 17 Mar
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.
Acknowledgements – Landing was developed at the SITUATE Art in Festival Arts LAB 2016
Image by – Courtesy of the artist; thanks to Mr Richard Lee