WATER TRACES

making the invisible visible

A SITE RESPONSIVE – LAND ART INSTALLATION

SUPPORTED & PRODUCED BY: THE FARM MARGARET RIVER

MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, 2023

Water Tracesmaking the invisible visible is a site-responsive land-art work inspired by underground streams and creeks which, like veins coursing under the earth’s skin, flow silently beneath our feet.

In a gesture of acknowledgment of people who contemplate the interconnectedness of our planet and its consciousness, the work invites viewers to participate. In a continuous journey of healing, this ephemeral artwork connects with the earth, gently carving paths through the pasture thus unveiling the soil beneath. It is an intricate process which not only allows the land to breathe but also reveals the subtle network of waterways beneath the surface.

The artist mapped 19 underground water streams by using ancient divination techniques, thus unveiling a journey that begins from The Farm Margaret River’s 31 hectare property extending 5.6 km in total. The work comprises a soundscape, a live map and 8 steel markers adorned with three coordinates: where you stand, the location in which the stream exits the coast, and the waters ultimate destination. These markers serve as anchors, grounding and eternalising the ephemeral artwork in the physical landscape. As one walks these pathways following the map, one may listen for the lively murmurs of creek lines, the nocturnal whispers of creatures dwelling in the serene waters, and voice blending by Wardandi custodian Mitchella Hutchins. The visitors are invited to navigate this immersive art work via the designated website water-traces.org by downloading the QR code found on the markers on their smart phone.

Produced by: The Farm Margaret River

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Sound Composition: Studio 19st (Vassilis Kountouris & Kostas Bokos). Composed of field recordings by Danae Stratou, featuring the voice of Mitchella Hutchins.

Metal Posts Design: Maria Maneta, Specialised Art Installation Architect

Live Map Visualisation & Website Design: Architects + Visualisers (Joakim Piniros & Lefteris Virirakis)

Aerial Photography: Martine Perret

Aerial Photography Post Production: Vicky Lemoni, Photolab – Athens.

Photography & Videography: Olive Lipscombe, Martine Perret

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Project Management: Darryl Mack & Helen Taylor Mack

Creative Consultancy: Giorgia Mack

Artwork Text and Graphic Design: Georgia Maggs

Administrative Support: Lizzy Doepel, Mia Davis

Digital Support: Kane Baker – Baker Creative

On-site management: Susan Bogle, Helen Taylor Mack

 

FIELDWORK

Water Divining: Mike Hartnett, Mike Fifield,  Darryl & Helen

Ploughing: Jay Degenaar, Liam Neilson, Braden Richardson

Equipment supplied: Nick Morris

Farming assistance: Tim Garstone

Metal Posts: Laser Cutting: BVA Metal Fabricators, Fabrication & Installation: Sam Kinney & Mike Fifield

Site work: Elisabeth Whiteman, Arthur Bonelli, Steffi Schmidt, Amber, Katharine

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Darryl Mack, Helen Taylor Mack, Giorgia Mack, Tim Garstone, Nick Morris, Martine Perret, Mitchella Hutchins, Nick Tsoutas, Susan Bogle, Mike Fifield, Mike Hartnett, Peter Lane, David Rankin, Sandi Hancock, David Binks, Soula Veyradier, Olga Cironis, Yanis Varoufakis.

Opening event drinks generously supplied by Shelter Brewing Co. and L.A.S. Vino

 

For more information please visit

www.thefarmmargaretriver.com.au