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Waterwheel World Water Day Symposium

March 22, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Dates: Friday, March 22, 2013, 4:30 – 10:00pm.

Launch Event: Friday, March 22, 2013, 4:30 – 5:00pm.

Where: Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, 226 Grey Street, South Bank.



4.30pm: Greg Hoy ‘Darkness and Light’ exhibition opening. Greg is a Brisbane based photographer and printer with a Master in Visual Arts. Greg’s imagery blends the fundamental elements of light, shadow, land and water to give the observer a glimpse of the dynamic spiritual essence of a timeless Australian Landscape. Breaking from the convention of the single perspective view by embracing a progressive view creates movement and allows the viewer to be drawn through a portal into a space worn by the fundamental elements of water and time, projecting the viewer’s presence into a timeless Landscape.

5pm: Trish Fitzsimons will screen a short documentary, taking up aspects of Norman Creek history, combining a visual poem of the catchment and images of the history of wooden cruiser boat building in the creek, and its decline. Trish is a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor at the Griffith Film School, Queensland College of Art.

5.15pm: Suzon Fuks, initiator & co-founder of Waterwheel, opens the symposium online, introducing Brisbane people to artists, scientists and activists from around the world as well as online audience. The event will be projected in the QCA Gallery, with mic given to the Brisbane audience during Q&A times, alternating with presentations from around Australia and overseas

5.25pm: Jennifer Stuerzl will present her research ‘The Brisbane River: Art, Ecology and Perception’

6pm: Cité des Science in Tunis, opening of the node

7.15pm: Trish Fitzsimons & Phil Heywood will workshop with audience on their project ‘Time and Tide: The Life of Norman Creek’. Phil is an urban and regional planner, a life fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and Associate Professor at QUT’s School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment.

8.15-8.30pm: Leah Barclay with her collaborators from Sydney Jehan Kanga and Shakthi Sivanathan will present ‘the DAM(N) Project’  discussing the validity of community engagement, social activism and digital technology in environmentally engaged interdisciplinary art practice.

Nicholas Ng & Julian Wong will perform a short piece (with Nicholas in Brisbane and Julian in Melbourne) – time to be confirmed before 10pm, which will be the end of the Brisbane node.

3-6pm (NSW time) on the 23rd of March: the 24 hour-event will conclude at the Star Seed Gardens in Byron Bay, with a panel organised by marine biologist, writer & facilitator for the Byron Bay Science Film and Talk Fest, Mary Gardner.

Waterwheel is an online platform dedicated to Water as a topic and metaphor. Designed and made in Brisbane by Suzon Fuks, Mat Johnson, Inkahoots and Igneous, it has been recently nominated for the prestigious international Ars Electronica Award for Digital Communities. Waterwheel’s development received funding from Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council and the Australia Council for the Arts. For more info on the development and story behind Waterwheel, see Realtime interview of Suzon Fuks.


March 22, 2013
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Cassandra Lehman-Schultz
(07) 3735 6106