WIRA, an interactive sound installation by Leah Barclay, reimagined the world beneath the surface of the Noosa River for Floating Land 2015 at the Noosa Regional Gallery in Queensland, Australia. The installation opened on August 27 and ran until October 18, 2015.

WIRA reimagines the Noosa River in sound. The installation can be experienced by walking along the river with a smart phone and listening to content that is geotagged from Noosa Regional Gallery to the river mouth. As you walk along the river bank, the sounds of the Noosa River system are layered with sonic art, stories and soundscapes from Floating Land over the last ten years.

The theme of Floating Land 2015 is Reflect & Re-imagine. This theme provides an opportunity to pause and reconnect with the grassroots beginnings of this event, exploring the connection between art, the environment and the local community. Now in its 8th iteration, Floating Land is an international event celebrating art and the environment. In 2015 Floating Land will celebrate artworks, artists and locations involved in previous Floating Land events.

To experience WIRA download the free app Recho to your iPhone or iPad and start outside Noosa Regional Gallery in Queensland, Australia. (maps are available inside the gallery). The installation is best experienced wearing headphones.

When experiencing WIRA on location, these geo-located soundscapes are layered with binaural and hydrophone (underwater) recordings and live streams of the Noosa River. These recordings and streams will evolve and adapt based on the conditions of the Noosa River meaning every walk will be a unique experience.

WIRA was commissioned by Noosa Council for Floating Land 2015. The technology and concept for WIRA was developed through Leah Barclay’s Synapse Residency River Listening.

This residency was supported by the Australian Network for Art and Technology and The Australian Rivers Institute in association with the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Further information on River Listening is available here www.riverlistening.com

Leah Barclay