nomanslanding in germany

date 2015
location the eisenbahnhafen duisburg ruhrort, germany
medium wood, sound, mixed media
dimensions floating artwork, internal dome 10 metres diameter, 6 metres high
photographer various
collection artist

the lament

nml site


nomanslanding video

about the work

Nomanslanding is a sensory experience of transformation. The floating structures move slowly back and forth across the water to create and separate territory. Bridging the waterway the new ‘joint territory’ brings people together to experience, remember and contemplate.

Created by five international artists (Robyn Backen, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin) and jointly developed by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Glasgow Life / Merchant City Festival and Urbane Künste Ruhr / Ruhrtriennale, Nomanslanding made its debut at Darling Harbour in April 2015, and opened at the Ruhrtrienniale in Germany in September 2015.

Following the long journey from Sydney, Nomanslanding dropped anchor in Duisburg’s former railroad harbour. In Europe’s largest inland harbour, the installation addressed the everyday process of arrival and departure, of ongoing exchange. Nomanslanding was accessible via ramps from the opposite banks; it called upon visitors to transgress boundaries, to leave the ground that seems so stable beneath their feet. Out on the water, the borderline between what is one’s own and what is foreign begins to blur.

Nomanslanding in Germany -

german press on nomanslanding

waz westdeutsche allgemeine zeitung
waz translation
weser kurier
die welt
die welt translation
ruhr nachrichten
the rheinische post


 International curators: Katja Aßmann, Michael Cohen and Lorenzo 

Co-commissions: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Glasgow
Life / Merchant City Festival and Urbane Künste Ruhr / Ruhrtriennale.

Constructions and Engineering: Event Engineering

Soundscape Voice Credits:

German female: Bettina Kaiser

German female: Lisa Schoetell

French female: Sophie Leprêtre

Russian female: Gulnara Shayakhmetova

Turkish female: Zeynep Berk

Scottish female: Catherine Elliot

English female: Sarah Ward

Australian female: Julie Ewington, Joyce Watson, Artist

German male: Franz-Josef Kaiser, Artist

English male: Artist

Australian/New Zealand: Mike Floyd, Ian Hobbs, Artist

German reader:

Singers: Cora Schmeiser and others