MOUNTAIN TO MOUTH
Here is a three minute video of the highlights of M~M2016 made by the wonderful producer/director Jarrod Boord of Streamline Media and Communications Group. Mountain to Mouth is Geelong’s biennial extreme arts walk that I have delighted in developing and directing with the Arts & Culture Department of the City of Greater Geelong, Wadawurrung traditional owners, and an outstanding team of artists and co-ordinators.
M~M is ‘extreme art’. It features ephemeral artworks that are here one day and gone the next. These works appear in unusual locations along an 80 kilometre contemporary songline. A lead processional artwork, Canoe, is commissioned from a renowned sculptor. Canoe carries water drawn from the ancient rock well at You Yangs Big Rock and is relayed to the mouth of the Barwon River where the water is returned to the ocean.
Artists are commissioned for each of the 12 feature installations located at resting points along the 80 kilometre arts walk. Each work takes many months of preparation in consultation with local residents and community groups. These artworks appear and disappear within 24 hours.
At three locations, ceremonies acknowledge the passage of time - past, present and future - beginning with Gathering of the Elders at Big Rock in the You Yangs Regional Park; then Gathering of the City in Central Geelong where the arts walk rests overnight; and concluding with Gathering of the Elements at the mouth of the Barwon River at sunset on the second night.
Mountain to Mouth has a long-term vision to create a green corridor along the80 kilometre contemporary songline. Many environmental and community groups are working together on this vision. When walkers register for Mountain to Mouth, they contribute to making this happen.
Join M~M2018 on 4 – 5 May 2018.