MINING magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest will spruik his new $300 million global anti-plastic campaign at a symposium in Fremantle next Sunday (November 3) that will explore how environmental pressures could shape the landscape.
Mr Forrest will be part of a three-person Future Landscapes panel with UWA environmental ethicist Dr Nin Kikham and Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, who’s spectacular Waterlicht light installation will launch the Fremantle Biennale on Friday (November 1).
Waterlicht will simulate a virtual flood with “cascade waves of blue light in the middle of Esplanade Park” and is designed to raise awareness about rising sea levels. Roosegaarde says it’s about “showing the power and poetry of living with water”.
Biennale founder Tom Muller said the symposium fitted into the event’s overall theme of “exploring innovation and cultural currency”.
“We want innovation and legacy for the future to be a driving factor of our biennale,” Mr Muller said.
“Unearthing past myths and understanding what was before, will give us far greater insights into the future.
“This is not just about art, it is about enabling communities to reconnect with their surroundings and the great themes – like the idea of the commons – it is very much in line with the climate change movement as seen through the lens of cultural and creative endeavours.“
The spectacular light show at Esplanade Park is free and on from 7pm-11pm next weekend (November 1-3), with a midnight finish on Saturday.
The Future Landscapes Symposium is at the Pakenham Street Art Space from 11am on Sunday November 3. Head to fremantlebiennale.com.au for information and $5 tickets.
by JUSTIN STAHL