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Mobile Utopia: Art and Experiments

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Published
Publication date2/11/2017
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherLancaster University
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Theexhibition of 13 international artists, 12 Experiments, a catalogue of essays,and Mobile Utopias conference hosting 180 delegates, launched a new platformfor Art and Mobilities. The exhibition was developed in connection with the world leading Centre for Mobilities Research. In this context, the exhibition aimed to encourage artists, participants and spectators to take a fresh look at experiences of mobility, their connection with each other and space. To consider ways in which the artistic interventions contribute to the reconfiguration of spaces for experimentation, critique, and political communication, creating new organisational forms, and potentially the reformation of mobility regimes.

Artworks were selected for the exhibition from an open call, through a rigorous selection process. The artists were from 4 continents: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal & UK and are established and internationally renowned artists. The exhibition included works in video installation, sound art, data sculpture, walking art, book works, performance, networked art and participation. It included the following artists: Kaya Barry, Tess Baxter, Valentina Bonizzi, Fernanda Duarte, Michael Hieslmair & Michael Zinganel, Vicki Kerr, Clare McCracken, Peter Merrington & Ilana Mitchell, Nikki Pugh, Max Schleser, Gerda Cammaer & Phillip Rubery, Samuel Thulin, Christina Vasilopoulou, and Louise Ann Wilson.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition a catalogue of critical essays underpinned the concepts. This included an essay by Southern, J., Rose, E.E., O Keeffe, L., Art as a Strategy for Living with Utopias in Ruins and The Mobile UtopiaE xperiment by Bȕscher, M., alongside images and statements by the artists addressing the Mobilities theme.The project attracted a range of funders and sponsors.

Followingthe exhibition, the curatorial team Southern, Rose, O Keeffe with Kai Tan established an international network in Art and Mobilities with a further symposium: The UK Art & Mobilities Network Inaugural Symposium held on 3rd July 2018, with 22delegates.