Port Phillip Bay
The walking trail near Sandringham, Black Rock, and Beaumaris from Picnic Point through Red Bluff to Ricketts Point and its Marine Sanctuary situate land occupied initially by the Boon Wurrung people for thousands of years. It was also documented 100 years ago by local tonal artist Clarice Beckett and others such as the ‘en plein air’ painter Tom Roberts. This area initially included grasslands and thinly timbered country, freshwater wells, and an abundance of land-based game and seafood. Despite intense urbanization, the boundaries between land and sea and its cyclical weather patterns remain available as a memory trace of these earlier times. Through a sustained and concerted looking and listening, this project celebrates this unique environment and its history.
This research uses digital technologies to document the shifts in light, wind, and sound on Port Phillip Bay, bringing out obscured and detailed landscape and seascape qualities still unique to this area. What bird-life and calls are heard over the lapping waves? What sonic underwater sound events are available? What qualities can be brought out of this landscape over time, not available to the casual viewer? This time-based work will observe this landscape in various weather conditions over 6-12 months to map a detailed changing seasonal environment. These four seasons have a unique subliminal connection to the bodies of all Melburnians and their daily lives.