The Bass Coast Waterline townships will enter the zone between land and sea for a once-in-a-lifetime project exploring the impermanence of our habitation on the waterline. With night, the tides and renewable light forms at its centre, this large scale ambitious project features a floating performance across a whole tidal cycle which concludes with light-based sculptures on tinnies, a set of permanent tide-triggered light emitting structures, a permanent outdoor light sculpture gallery, and an app-driven tinnie tour. The Edge of Us is a response to the search for connection between the Waterline Townships and seeks to involve the entire community in its making. The project Artistic Director is Jessica Wilson, will work in collaboration with Tenby Point resident Jeannie Haughton and Inverloch artist Jason Parmington and Mary Sullivan as well as a group of other local sculptors and artists.
Together, we of the Waterline, witness the tide high then low, traffic passing through, and plants, marine creatures and birdlife come and go. We share a constantly shifting history with the indigenous people, colonial prospectors, and a large population of commuters, part time residents and weekend visitors.
Light, the tides and the physical zone between the land and the sea are the conceptual core of THE EDGE OF US. Lights in all forms – many hundreds of them – driven by renewable technologies, will be designed and assembled by participants in the School and across the Townships. Light driven sculptures will be mounted on boats for a spectacular performance, which evolves over one whole tidal cycle.
The raised land at Grantville will become a viewing platform and the sea a magnificent stage for 7 x performance chapters, each created by a different community group. Large tracts of mud are a familiar image on low tide here. The performance will begin on low tide and will evolve through gum boots in shallow water to a peaceful-yet-spectacular finale involving opera and music on boats, floating light sculptures and installations on jetties.
The final chapter of the performance will be triggered by up to 6 permanent renewable driven light-emitting structures built, one at each township, which will connect with a cascade of light exactly on every high and low tide. In Grantville there will be an outdoor set of solar poles where students will create an annual exhibition of light based art during winter.
Lastly, and as an evolving legacy of the project, a tinny tour app will be developed to encourage self-guided tours by water of locals and visitors in small vessels. The App will feature environmental, indigenous and local cultural perspectives on the Bay and seek to connect the different elements of the Edge of Us project.
The Edge of Us is a successful recipient of a Small Town Transformations grant, a Victorian Government Initiative managed by Regional Arts Victoria.