Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Scotland
Restored and customised 1998 Citroen courier van, 1.8 lit Diesel
Perspex, mild steel, stainless steel, fibreglass, aluminium, plywood, acrylic,12v lighting, rubber, foam, automotive enamel, cotton, batteries, nylon, pvc conduit, DVD player, amplifier, 2 x 60watt outdoor speakers, LP gas bottle, data projector, tungsten lights, ropes, camping equipment, vegetables, soil
Unique design / bespoke hand fabricated
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 maximising vehicle space for varied purposes and projects. Its intention is to be a highly pragmatic and usable as well as show influences from DIY culture.
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 projects - Scotland. – The vehicle drags, pull and sculpt domestic items of furniture chosen for the project. It also provides lighting for the shooting of the films and documenting of the process.
In gaining permission from the royal Stuart family residing on the Isle of Bute off the coast of Western Scotland, the Carrier van accompanied by a full luton truck of scottish household furnishings travelled via ferry to drag all the items for eventual return to exhibition in finished form. The van was exhibited warts and all with mud, scrapes and left over sleeping equipment.
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.
The engine in all its vehicular forms and sizes is also what moves goods and people around the world - Continually.
Exhibiting an example of 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.
JOYRIDERS - Passenger list 01-07
Carrier 1 - Australia / Carrier II - Denmark / Carrier III - Scotland
HANS ULRICH OBRIST / SWITZERLAND / PARIS / LONDON
/ Curator, Writer,