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To Catch a Keith
Prototypes for trapping
refugees on the run
2002-03
 
Brought to you by DTRR (The Department for the Trapping and Return of Refugees)
 
Mixed media and 3 box-trailers
270x310x170cm
Mission: To Catch Akif
Construction: Three custom-built box-trailers (bullet proof)
Bait: Faux Australian domestic scenes / Akif's favourite things (see file A72) / Welcome video 385: children being thrown onboard / Free internet access
Secret weapons: Hypnotic Mirror ball, strobe light, rap music / Aftershave stun pellets / Self adhering velcro systems: hook and loop bed sheets; hook socks with loop carpet / Personalised sleep inducer code 118 (Kosovar nursery rhymes CD)

To catch Akif the authorities staked out Gatecrasher, a nightclub in Hobart he was known to frequent. Knowing where Akif desired to be was the key that brought him out of the woods, enabling his recapture and subsequent deportation. Inspired by this cloak and dagger mentality, To Catch A Keith is a series of prototype refugee traps designed and produced by the fictional Department for the Trapping and Return of Refugees.

In contextualising Akif's favourite things, and the accoutrements of our domestic bliss as lures into another world, To Catch A Keith highlights the often tragic cycles of desire that brings refugees to our shores.