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ART IN PLACE - Confluence

The City’s first ART IN PLACE project, Confluence, took place along the Canning Beach Road foreshore nightly from Thursday 21 June to Sunday 24 June 2018.

Produced by Perth-based artists VJzoo (Kat Black and Jasper Cook) in collaboration with Kambarni (Kamsani Bin Salleh), Confluence was a projection-based installation across the body of water and illuminated on a fleet of boats, where the Swan (Derbarl Yerrigan) and Canning (Djarlgarro Beeliar) rivers met.

The event could be viewed from two points, one at the Canning Beach Road foreshore (at Dunvegan Rd) and the second at the South of Perth Yacht Club.

Over 3,000 people attended across the 4 night duration.

About the Installation

The installation communicated the living stories of the Canning confluence, through the depiction of the Waugal, the six seasons and the mixing of the ‘sweet’ and ‘salty’ waters that characterise this site, which was known to the Bibbulmun people of the area as Gabbi Kowangalup*, ‘the place where the water comes out of the hole’.

The canvas or screen for Confluence was a flotilla of boats seen at two points along the Canning Beach Road foreshore. Here the artists in partnership with the City and the South of Perth Yacht Club brought together a community of river users who became a part of this floating artwork – a first for Western Australia.

See the album below for a range of images capturing the inaugural ART IN PLACE event. For more images, please see the event's Facebook album

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About the Artists

VJzoo is a partnership consisting of Kat Black and Jasper Cook. Since 2003 they have worked together performing and presenting their unique video, interactive and projection installations nationally and internationally. Working across a diverse range of media, the artists often explore themes in their work related to memory, the night, and a sense of wonder.

Kambarni (Kamsani Bin Salleh) is a Perth-based artist and illustrator descended from the Ballardong Noongar people of the South West and the Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley. He believes in the importance of cultural preservation and expression while also challenging the notion of culture being trapped in the past. His artworks reflect an appreciation for the natural world emerging from both a cultural and biological fascination, often stylistically modernising ancient stories as well as attempting to re-contextualise Eurocentric works from an Indigenous perspective.

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