brisbane-australia

Dave Hullfish Bailey

Brisbane River/David Pestorius Projects

It’s a sunny autumn afternoon in Brisbane, Queensland, in the north of Australia. The weather never gets too cold up here; overcoats are rarely worn. The prosperous, up-and-coming city is served by ferries that ply the Brisbane River, which in the steamy summer months can resemble the muddy, slow-flowing Mississippi.

On May 9, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, the ferries running to the University of Queensland deviated from their path and paused for a moment, facing the opposite bank, where they were greeted by a small group of Aborigines. The action was unannounced and almost indiscernible; for the majority of passengers, unaware of the artistic intention behind it, it might have meant very little. Los Angeles–based artist Dave Hullfish Bailey’s CityCat Project, 2003–, was in fact the second time this performance involving Brisbane’s ferries had been staged. Its first iteration was for “

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