The Burnie City Council has committed $45,000 to a groundbreaking video work to air during Ten Days on the Island 2019.
In the Pursuit of Venus was created by Lisa Reihana for the Venice Biennale in 2017, and will run exclusively in Burnie during the March festival. The 17 x 4 metre installation will be presented in one of Burnie’s iconic locations – the former APPM Services building on the Bass Highway, which is being transformed in order to showcase the artwork.
Audiences will enter a darkened room where they will encounter the giant panoramic video of a series of imagined encounters between Captain Cook and people of the Pacific Islands.
Burnie City Council acting mayor Giovanna Simpson said that securing the installation was a win for the region, and that she expected people would travel to see it.
“We are making the statement that Burnie residents deserve to have these world-class, inspiring art events,” she said.
“Festivals and the arts play an important role in developing the economy and wellbeing of our communities. We look forward to welcoming visitors to this remarkable exhibition.”
Ten Days on the Island will run across three weekends in March 2019: March 8-11 in the North-West, March 15-17 in the North-East (including Launceston), and March 22 – 24 in the South.
The full calendar of events will be announced on January 31.
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