The boat project was set in motion by a design for a fold-up, portable, do-it-yourself (DIY) plastic boat. Ken Simpson, a hobbyist boat designer, provided me the plans for free. Not only am I enthused about the utopian possibilities of online DIY culture, from which one can essentially “download” objects (just add labour), but also by indulging in this ramified, culturally and historically fraught activity - evoking the leisure pursuits of the middle class, memorialized native histories, voyages of exploration and adventure. With these cultural moments in mind I staged, as a performance, an attempted crossing of the Ottawa river. Examining the documentation of that performance, furthermore, I discovered an unanticipated element in the candid post-mortem conversation I had with Meredith Snider (who lent a hand as videographer). Our speech was marked by shared experiences and aspects of our identity - one element of which was a self-consciousness of the “art-school” implications and conceits of the event.