For Horizon Festival 2023, the Beeyali team invites attendees on a dusk ocean journey on board Sunreef’s Whale One, to listen underwater and experience cymatic visualisations of humpback whale songs.
The field trip commences in Mooloolaba, where humpback whales annually migrate and rear their calves before returning to Antarctic waters and concludes with an original immersive experience of the new work, “Tallo-Billa” performed near Old Woman Island with a live stream of migrating humpback-whales, making this a once in a lifetime performance.
Tallo Billa utilises original Beeyali visualising techniques, playing underwater soundscapes through digital images to create distinctive audio-visual portraits with generative visualisations activated by hydrophones. At its core, the Beeyali project aims to continue connecting people and places, cultivating human and non-human relationships that help us comprehend and care for one another, our changing ecosystems, and shape our collective futures.
Tallo-Billa, meaning ‘Humpback Whale’ in Kabi Kabi language, is the focus of the latest iteration of the Beeyali project. Beeyali, a Kabi Kabi term meaning “to call,” explores the sounds and vocalisations of wildlife in the environment. Conceived by Kabi Kabi artist Lyndon Davis, the project has been developed in collaboration with sound artist Dr Leah Barclay and photographer Dr Tricia King at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Beeyali brings together Indigenous knowledge, emerging science, creative practice, and innovative technology to visualise the calls of wildlife on Kabi Kabi Country using cymatics, the science of visualising sound. Beeyali is a call to action, exploring creative practice to raise awareness for the numerous vulnerable species in Queensland.
- Lyndon Davis (Kabi Kabi)
- Leah Barclay
- Tricia King