Ocean Undercurrents: human-water entanglements in Nairm
Past Event

Ocean Undercurrents: Human-Water Entanglements in Naarm


Fri 19 May 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Fri 19 May 9:30am - 11:40am


Booking required


Port Phillip Ferry (Geelong - Portarlington - Docklands) and Platform ARTS Geelong
Platform Arts, Wadawurrung Country, Little Malop Street, Geelong VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Seating available Wheelchair accessible

In the lead-up to Melbourne Design Week, the team at ORCA: Oceans Research & Climate Action Network RMIT University is conducting a series of journeys from Docklands to Geelong, Docklands to Portarlington, and return via ferry. The team will engage in fieldwork, including capturing sound, imagery (both still and moving), water samples, and stories from travelers about their connection to the ocean. The material collected will be compiled and presented during Melbourne Design Week as a performative relational presentation during a ferry crossing and a social symposium that invites audiences to consider the ocean.

Most views of Port Phillip Bay are from the shore, but this project takes the team onto and into the water, collecting stories, samples, sounds, and songs from the Bay. These include First Nations stories, colonial legacies, ghost rivers, ecological insights, transport lines and maps, underwater recordings, poetic reflections, and various artworks and installations.

Starting from the land, commuters and other visitors can float the 1.5-hour water crossing and join the team in growing their relationship with the bay and the complex role it plays in the life of Naarm. Joining the team and their partners, Port Phillip Ferries, in a ferry crossing (Docklands-Geelong) is followed by a social symposium and sound walk at Platform ARTS, Geelong. If joining from Melbourne, it is necessary to book a return ticket with Port Phillip Ferries.


ORCA: Oceans Research & Climate Action Network RMIT University

ORCA: Oceans Research & Climate Action Network at RMIT University are an interdisciplinary team of creatives reaching across art, design, architecture, media, communications and urban research interested in oceans and climate action hosted by RMIT University’s School of Art Research Group CAST.

Team members: Jodi Edwards, Alexandre Faustino, Nicolas Guerra Rodrigues Tao, Fiona Hillary, Ana Lara Heyns, Rachel Iampolski, Jordan Lacey, Rebecca Olive, Aviva Reed, David RousWendy Steele & Kit Wise with Killian Quigley.

Port Phillip Ferries

Port Phillip Ferries is not just a passenger ferry service but a link connecting people and experiences. Their mission is to transform daily travel between Melbourne and the Geelong and Bellarine regions, one cruise at a time.

Platform ARTS

Platform Arts, based on Wadawurrung Country in Djilang/Geelong, works with artists and creative practitioners across all disciplines to develop and sustain rigorous and critical artistic practice, and to test and present new experimental and contemporary works to regional and national audiences.

Platform Arts lead this through a program of events, exhibitions and performances, while providing a support framework including mentorship, collaboration, residency programs and workshops.

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