Carrier II

Brandts Kunsthalle, Odense Denmark

Restored and customised 1998 Ford Transit Van. Left hand drive 2.5 lit Petrol Engine

Mild steel, stainless steel, fibreglass, aluminium, plywood, acrylic,12v lighting, rubber, automotive enamel, nylon, perspex, pvc conduit, DVD & VHS players, amplifier, 2 x 60watt outdoor speakers, cassette deck, CDs, data projector, tungsten lights, ropes, wool carpet, petrol generator, audio/video.

Unique design / bespoke hand fabricated with assistance and engine tuning from Odense young offenders rehabilition group

Conceived as a multi-purpose functional ‘migratory’ art work to sculpt chosen drag furniture, screen films and sound out chosen music for public address within chosen sites around the city of Odense.

Art students from the Brandts Kunsthalle academy along with the Kunsthallen staff were asked to nominate music that they would like to hear within Odense public places throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Screenings and Soundings,:
The Drive out cinemas: Furniture Drag 1 + Road trip Dinners: Andrew Sunley Smith
Zabriski Point: Michealangelo Antonioni, Mon Oncle: Jaques Tati,
Two lane Blacktop: Monte Hellman,

Music: Devendra Banhart, Nirvana, Willie Nelson, Radio head, JS Bach (looped continually)

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The carrier vehicle series manifests a parallel form of engineering; mirroring normative worlds yet further extends purpose, creative application and meaning. The form of the work is migratory in its very design, fusing the old and the new. Maximising design, energy potential and space of the vehicle for varied purposes and projects. Its intention is to be a highly pragmatic and usable as well as show influences from Australian car, DIY and camping culture. The vehicle is an integral part of Migratory Projects as it is designed in connection to the Trailer Garden and Sauna works.

Primary to the artwork is the use of the combustion engine.

The Carrier supports and provides power source for the Drive Out Cinema / Furniture drag project Denmark. – The vehicle drags, pull and sculpt domestic items of furniture (in this Danish case some highly valued Gorge Jensen chairs and a Jessica Stockholder artwork were amongst the mass of chosen items).

The vehicle screens its films from a custom made roof mounted projection unit. The films were projected in a public square in the city of Odense, Denmark -directly onto the sides the buildings. The work intensifies and links many ideas into its form; dymaxion design, micro architecture, shelter, travel, self sufficiency, film unit, creative sculptural tool.

Symbolically and ecologically connections can be drawn between the furniture drags and the feelings experienced and endured by process of migration as well as the forward velocity of a fuel based machines continuing the destruction of our atmostpheres and natural environment.

Exhibiting an example of economic recycling and the care to restore a perfectly usable machine for greater longevity and extended use- the Carriers in their completed presence intend to not support the purchase of new vehicles but emphasise the need to adapt and extend previously existing systems.

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JOYRIDERS - Passenger list 01-07
Individuals active in contemporary art that Carrier vehicles provided service or joyrides to 2001-07

Carrier 1 - Australia / Carrier II - Denmark / Carrier III - Scotland

HANS ULRICH OBRIST / SWITZERLAND / PARIS / LONDON / Curator, Writer,
MATTHIEU LAURETTE / FRANCE / Artist
PATRICK ‘BORIS’ KREMER / LUXEMBOURG / Curator
SHIGIAKI IWAI / JAPAN / Artist
HERMAN DE JONGH / HOLLAND / Founder member of Atelier van Lieshout
SASKIA BOS / HOLLAND / Director De Appel & curator Berlin Biennale 01
MIGUEL ANGEL RIOS / MEXICO / Artist
FRANZ TURCZYNSKI / MEXICO / Industrial designer
SIMON PATTERSON / ENGLAND / Artist Sydney Biennale 2002
JON BEWLEY / ENGLAND / Director Locus Solus, writer
NICK TSOUTAS / AUSTRALIA / Director Artspace
TIM MASLEN / AUSTRALIA / ENGLAND / Artist
JENNIFER MEHRA / AUSTRALIA / ENGLAND / Artist
INWHAN OH / KOREA / Artist
KEVIN DRAPER / AUSTRALIA WA / Artist
BRUCE SLATTER / AUSTRALIA WA /Artist
NICOLE HUITSON / AUSTRALIA WA / Teacher & Artist
PHILLIP GAMBLEN / CANADA / AUSTRALIA / Artist
BRIGITTA HUPFEL / AUSTRIA / AUSTRALIA / Artist
MATTHEW HUNT / AUSTRALIA WA / Artist
SIMON PERICICH / AUSTRALIA WA / Artist & 2002 Samstag scholar
THEA CONSTANTINO / AUSTRALIA WA / Student, Artist
SHEREE GARBUTT / AUSTRALIA WA / Student, Artist
PAUL CAPORN / AUSTRALIA WA / Artist
JAQULINE PHILLIPS / AUSTRALIA NSW / Art administrator, writer, curator
SOPHIE O’BRIEN / AUSTRALIA WA / NSW / Curator
JIMMIE DURHAM / BERLIN / ITALY
/ Artist & Writer
BRIAN WILSON / AUSTRALIA / Finance manager, Sydney Biennale
PHILIPPA O’BRIEN / AUSTRALIA WA / Public Artist
ISABEL O’BRIEN / AUSTRALIA / WA / VICT / Photographer
NOLA FARMAN / AUSTRALIA NSW / WA / Artist
POPPY VAN ORD GRAINGER / ENGLAND / AUSTRALIA / Artist
TOM MCKIM / TAS / AUSTRALIA / Installer Leading hand MCA
HAYDEN FOWLER / NEW ZEALAND / AUSTRALIA / Artist
JAMES ANGUS / AUSTRALA WA / NSW / Artist
SARAH GOFFMAN / AUSTRALIA / Artist
EMIL GOH / MALAYSIA / AUSTRALIA / Artist
HAMILTON DARROCH / AUSTRALIA / Artist
TARA SHIELDS / AUSTRALIA / Artist / Educator
CRAIG JUDD / AUSTRALIA NSW / Education officer BOS
RUSSELL STORER / AUSTRALIA WA / NSW / Curator MCA
MARK BROWN / AUSTRALIA / Artist
ISABEL CARLOS / PORTUGAL / Curator 2004 Sydney Biennale
RODNEY GLICK / AUSTRALIA WA / Artist
MARTIN SIMS / UK / AUSTRALIA / Artist / Educator
DAN EGGER / AUSTRALIA NSW / Artist
MARCO MARCON / ITALY / AUSTRALIA / Curator & director IASKA, WA
LARS LUNDSGAARD / DENMARK / Install manager Brandts DK
DANNY HOLCROFT / UK / SCOT / Artist
AMY SALES / UK / SCOTLAND / Curator, CCA Glasgow
ALAN KEAN / UK / SCOTLAND / Artist & Install manager CCA Glasgow
JOE EGGER / AUSTRALIA NSW / Performer
DEBRA JASON / UK / AUSTRALIA NSW / Designer