Public Realm, AND Festival 2012: Mobile Republic: Digital Caravans (2012)
Commissioned to tour the North West of England in 2012, Mobile Republic travelled to Whitehaven, Blackburn, Preston, Beacons Festival in the Yorkshire Dales and CultureTECH in Northern Irelands’ Derry-Londonderry over the course of two years.
The classic touring caravan is a symbol of the traditional British summer holiday, but these caravans were not what they seemed. Beneath their innocent exteriors they had been radically remodelled and re-imagined by artists, architects and activists.
Drawn together in a wagon circle gathered around a central ‘big-top’ designed by Bureau A, Mobile Republic boasted an artist’s studio, performance space and an indoor/outdoor cinema which screened London Fieldworks’ End of the Road and other short films.
The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy transformed one caravan into a Planetary Sculpture Spice Mix Computer, where you could create and taste, test and calculate your own unique spice combination. While Julian Oliver’s Border Bumping caravan mapped and used the telecoms infrastructure to change the way we understand where we are.
All of this activity was broadcast online from a media hub caravan created by artists and technologists Hellicar and Lewis.
Mobile Republic was commissioned by AND and funded by Arts Council England, London 2012 Festival and Legacy Trust UK.