Ship of Fools (2004) is the culmination of a 2-year documentation process involving people who use and share public space—in this case—the Nightcliff shoreline between Nightcliff Jetty and Bullocky Point in Darwin, Northern Territory. This particular coastline consists of manicured lawns, picnic and barbecue areas, an olympic swimming pool, walking and cycling tracks and incredible beaches—divided into leashed dog and dog-free zones—as well as a ‘free’ or nudist beach. Facing the coastline is an inevitable wall of real estate development and high-rise mania. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful places in Australia and possibly the most controversial, as it is the site where the world-views of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people publicly ‘collide’.
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