Presented with Fed Square

The Blak Infinite

Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Michael Cook, Kait James, Tarryn Love, Ellen Van Neerven, Josh Muir, ENOKi

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A person wears a conical hat painted like a UFO with aliens. The background is a mish mash of similarly coloured pop culture references.

Fed Square becomes a constellation of art and stories that share First Peoples futures, connections to the cosmos, and political discourse. 

The Blak Infinite is a site for sharing First Peoples connections to the cosmos, political constellations and futures.

Across Fed Square, experience large-scale installations, new commissions and conversations by leading First Nations artists and writers. Journey through sovereign political and environmental movements, perceptions of belonging and alienation, and the stories in the stars.

Anchoring The Blak Infinite is Richard Bell’s (Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang) installation EMBASSY—inspired by the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy, pitched on the grounds of Canberra’s Parliament House in 1972. Bell’s installation continues the politically driven work of First Peoples, featuring daily film screenings and a program of talks with activists, writers and artists every Saturday of the festival.

Immersive nighttime projections by Tarryn Love (Gunditjmara Keerray Woorroong) titled ngaka - look here, will light up each evening in the square, sharing stories of Sky Country and the cosmos, and transporting you into celestial knowledge. Tony Albert's (Girramay, Yidinyji and Kuku Yalanji) large-scale artwork BEAM ME UP The Art of Abduction immerses us in themes of alienation, belonging, and place through colourful installations and a children's program.

Artworks and texts across the site explore the infinite possibility of First Peoples futures. The big screen features two works of speculative fiction from acclaimed writer Ellen van Neerven (Mununjali, Yugambeh and Dutch)—titled Shoutlines and yaburuhma dugun (infinite sky)—that are set to expand the limits of current realities. Artist Kait James (Wadawurrung) uses collage to subvert the loaded visual language of 70s souvenirs, while Michael Cook (Bidjara) creates fantasy worlds where the role of invader and invaded are reversed. Josh Muir's (Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta and Barkindji) supersized artwork reminds us to reach for the stars, and imagine our wildest dreams coming true.

These works across the square offer alternate narratives and ways of seeing the world, and collectively speak to the unlimited sovereign connections held across communities in Australia.

The Blak Infinite is curated by Kimberley Moulton (Yorta Yorta) (Shadow Spirit, 2023) and Kate ten Buuren (Taungurung).

"Kimberley and Kate would like to acknowledge the immense impact Josh Muir had on Australian contemporary art and Koorie Victoria. We honour his legacy and encourage people to visit his current solo exhibition at the Koorie Hertiage Trust Melbourne. Rest in power and love Josh, forever Deadly."

Artistic Team


Kimberley Moulton (Yorta Yorta) and Kate ten Buuren (Taungurung)


Supported by Fed Square.

Image Credits

Tony Albert/Sullivan+Strumpf

Alienation, Take Me to Your Weaver and Invaders Gameover by Kait James. Courtesy of the artist.

INVASION (UFO POSSUMS), 2017, by Michael Cook. Courtesy of Jan Murphy gallery and THIS IS NO FANTASY.

Tony Albert's Unalienable, Installation View, 2016. Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Josh Muir (Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Barkindji), Bellow With Pride Don't Hide (c. 2012). Courtesy of the Koorie Heritage Trust.

Image courtesy of Milani Gallery and the artist

Tony Albert/Sullivan+Strumpf