David Pestorius, Brisbane

Dave Hullfish Bailey + Sam Watson
CityCat Project 2006–2016


Edited by Rex Butler
Texts by Rex Butler, David Pestorius, Sally Butler, Michele Helmrich

CityCat Project 2006–2016 is the record of an extraordinary collaboration between American artist Dave Hullfish Bailey and senior Aboriginal writer and activist Sam Watson. The collaboration is structured around Maiwar Performance, in which the CityCat ferries that ply the Brisbane River (Maiwar) execute unannounced maneuvers near a site of significance to the Aboriginal people who lived on the lands around Brisbane before British colonization in the early nineteenth century.

After its first iteration in 2006, Watson designated the event a “Dreaming,” which meant that it should be periodically repeated. The performance has since been restaged in 2009, 2012, and 2016, with Watson seeing it as an important act of Indigenous empowerment: a way of restoring agency to the local Aboriginal people in bringing their past alive and allowing them to think that the future has not been definitively determined.

Parallel to this recurring event is an evolving body of works in diverse media. At its core is Bailey’s lateral research-based process, which combines a highly reflexive approach to language with granular descriptions of material and cultural systems. The call-and-response collaboration between Watson and Bailey and the many irreducibilities within it, generates an articulation of place that is playfully extrapolative, yet politically and intellectually resistant.

This publication includes an introduction by its editor, Rex Butler, and an essay and detailed timeline by CityCat Project curator, David Pestorius, which covers the activities of Bailey and Watson both before and throughout their work together. In addition, art historian Sally Butler reflects upon Watson’s literary production, while curator Michele Helmrich sheds light on the local historical context that significantly informs the collaboration.

Copublished with Australian Fine Arts/David Pestorius, Brisbane

Graphic concept by Heimo Zobernig
Design by Michael Phillips

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Heimo Zobernig
Untitled, 2006 (Signed Edition for Pacemaker)


Heimo Zobernig
Untitled, 2006

Edition for Pacemaker
Artist’s book, b&w, offset + photocopied, perfect bound

Edition of 40 (signed and numbered, w. 5 artist’s proofs and 2 printer’s proofs)

Published by David Pestorius Projects on the occasion of Heimo Zobernig’s exhibition at Artspace, Sydney (7 April – 6 May, 2006), and as a special edition for the free French and English quarterly Pacemaker.

Print Production by The Printing Office, Brisbane.

This book includes offset printed photo-documentation by Richard Stringer of Heimo Zobernig’s exhibition at the Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane (18 June – 23 July, 2005), together with, amongst other things, photocopies of pages from the following publications: Conceptual Art and Conceptual Aspects. ed. Ian Burn and Joseph Kosuth, New York City: New York Cultural Centre, 1970; Art & Language: Catalogue Raisonné November 1965 – Feb 1969. Leamington Spa and Zurich: Art and Language Press and Galerie Bischofberger, 1970; Ian Burn, Dialogue: Writings in Art History. ed. Geoffrey Batchen. North Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1991; Paul Maenz Koln 1970 – 1980 – 1990: An Avant-GardeGallery And The Art of Our Time. ed. Gerd de Vries. Koln: DuMont, 1991 (with the permission of Paul Maenz).

Acknowledgements: The Power Institute, Catherine Chevalier, Eva Svennung, Paul Maenz, Nick Tsoutas.

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Hany Armanious
Selflok

This catalogue was printed on the occasion of the exhibition
Hany Armanious “Selflok”
20th May – 11th June 1994
David Pestorius gallery, Brisbane

* Condition: Very Good  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

 

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John Nixon
Music 1979 - 1999

This catalogue was printed on the occasion of the following exhibitions

John Nixon Music 1979 – 1999
Kunstler haus Bethanien
4th – 21st March 1999

John Nixon EPW: Orange
David Pestorius Gallery
Berlin
11th March – 10th April 1999

Text by David Pestorius and John Nixon

* Condition: Very Good (a clean copy with only very minor bumping) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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