Mobile Republic a new touring project from Abandon Normal Devices, with commissions from London Fieldworks, Hellicar & Lewis, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Bureau A and Julian Oliver.
Over the summer months AND will take to the road with Mobile Republic, a convoy of interactive caravans. The classic touring caravan is a symbol of the traditional British summer holiday, but these caravans are not what they seem. Beneath their innocent exteriors the five caravans have been radically remodelled and re-imagined by artists, architects and activists.
When in situ the five commissioned caravans will group together in a wagon circle, creating a central ‘big-top’ social space designed by Bureau A that will feature an artist’s studio, performance space and an indoor/outdoor cinema. The cinema will feature the newly commissioned short film End of the Road from London Fieldworks that looks at the travelling communities in Hull and nomadic culture. The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy will be transforming one caravan into a Planetary Sculpture Spice Mix Super Computer, where you can create and taste, test and calculate your own unique spice combination. The award winning Julian Oliver introduces the Boarder Bumping caravan which will collect, map and use the telecomms infrastructure to SMS passengers as they cross new borders, changing the ways in which we understand where we are. All of this activity will be broadcast online from the media hub caravan created by artists and technologists Hellicar and Lewis.
Together, these bespoke artists’ commissions look at the colliding forces of nature, industry, extinction and a world where future technologies can be sustainable and responsive. With onboard artists ready to entertain you with food, film and fascinating ideas, Mobile Republic is coming very soon to a town near you.