Every one of us has a story. Together, they tell the story of Brisbane.
100% Brisbane pulled back the layers of our city, going beneath the surface of high rises and the jacaranda trees to discover the very real heart of Brisbane’s story. You, me and everyone in between. People from all walks of life, beliefs and backgrounds. No two of us are the same, but when we connect we form a city, a community. Together we are Brisbane.
100% Brisbane was an exhibition like no other. In an exciting world-first, Museum of Brisbane collaborated with celebrated Berlin based theatre company, Rimini Protokoll, to create a powerful and unforgettable exhibition, which brought together 100 residents who call Brisbane home. Fascinating and deeply moving, their personal stories are revealed alongside beliefs and attitudes that shape who we are, creating a real-time snapshot of our city.
From the enduring culture of our Aboriginal community to the modern metropolis which continues to grow and change, 100% Brisbane put our city under the microscope like never before. Visitors were invited to discover first-hand accounts of people’s experiences of living in Brisbane, alongside some of the city’s most defining moments. Visitors were welcomed with About Country, a video introduction by Dr Robert Anderson OAM, Shannon Ruska and Teila Watson, three members of the local Aboriginal community with connections to Brisbane, each sharing their thoughts about in About Country on what Country means to them and its role in a contemporary city. Visitors were also invited to sit down and watch A Brisbane Story, a short film written and presented by acclaimed author and actor William McInnes, which took visitors on a journey from the past through to the present day throughout the exhibition.
100% Brisbane included Brisbane DNA, a world-first collaboration with Berlin-based theatre company, Rimini Protokoll, and an exploration of the thoughts, opinions and life stories of 100 Brisbane residents. Brisbane DNA took visitors beyond the stereotypes and statistics to reveal the heart of modern Brisbane. The exciting culmination of the city-wide quest for 100 people offered a dynamic picture of who Brisbane is right now.
Visitors were also invited to have their say about the city through a suite of interactive experiences including the 612 ABC Radio Booth and Brisbane DNA questionnaire which saw more than 58,000 visitors share their beliefs, attitudes and hopes for the future. The exhibition also included a six-metre interactive touch-sensitive wall brought to life with projected animations that revealed statistical information about the city.
100% Brisbane won the 2017 Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA) for best major exhibition and the 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA), with the judge recognising the “multi-disciplinarian approach… that creates an excellent platform for further connection to audience… great use of statistics, contemporary art to bring life to the people of Brisbane… a live approach to museums, bringing them into the future — a great way to make relevant museum holdings/info for future generations…”.
Meet the cast
Meet some of the wonderful people who helped bring 100% Brisbane to life.
Take a look inside 100% Brisbane
This clip is presented by Hitachi Australia, sponsors of the world-first exhibition.
Exhibition Supporters: Australian Bureau of Statistics, JCDecaux,
This project was supported by the Australia Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst – Australian Arts and Cultural Fund and by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.
Special thanks to our 100 participants in Brisbane DNA, Bec Reid, InVision Media and Rimini Protokoll.
Best major exhibition – 2017 Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA)
2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)