COOP GALLERY. NASHVILLE, TN, 2015
A month long participatory exhibition, including:
-Two “audio” bicycles on trainers facing each other, each with headphones playing excerpts from collected interviews about learning and teaching to ride bicycle.
-A wall of bicycle drawings from memory. The wall started with 100 drawings transcribed from previous collection. Over the course of the exhibition participants drew on the wall adding their own versions to the collection. By the end of the show the wall was full with several hundred drawings.
-Blank race bibs stating “I Will Never Forget How To…”. Participants filled in the bib with a skill that they have and posted the bib on the “bib wall,” a section of wall covered with a grid of painted rectangles scaled to hold the bibs.
GREENWAY GLOW ON THE MIDTOWN GREENWAY. MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2015.
Installed along the Minneapolis Greenway bike path, during the nighttime Greenway Glow Festival. Featuring a large scale video projection of race bib images, scans of previously collected bibs, projected across the path to pick-up shadows of passing riders. An audio bike set-up, to share interviews. An “I Will Never Forget How To…” race bib collection station.
HORNELL COMMUNITY ART CENTER. HORNELL, NY, 2015.
We held a summer workshop for local school age children, which included performative retelling of their bicycle stories while riding stationary bikes, discussion of skills they wanted to learn, and construction of imaginary learning assistance inventions. The exhibition had several elements:
- Audio interview bikes
- “I Will Never Forget How To…” bib wall
- Bicycle drawing display and collection wall
- Bicycle decorating station
- Bicycle safety station (with free helmet program from the Hornell Police Department)
- Future bicycle route information and space for people to highlight their own routes
- Free bicycle repair station
- Stationary bike story circle stadium, a series of bikes of various size arranged in a circle where participants were invited to ride with each other and discuss skills that they possessed and their learning process.
INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY. TERRA HAUTE, IN. 2016.
Six week long installation as a part of the exhibition Open Type at the University Gallery.
- Audio interview bikes
- “I know how to _____. I want to know _____. ” bib wall
- Stationary bike story circle stadium
- “How to” zine library
Also associated with the exhibition we conducted a zine workshop, in which participants discussed skills that they have, skills they wanted to learn, and created how-to-zines to share and become a part of the zine library.
CAUSEWAY "PLAY" CHALLENGE. CHATTANOOGA, TN, 2016.
A public bike tour of the Chattanooga “innovation district” and associated publication, this project explored what skills are valued and how we share them with our neighbors. By physically moving throughout a space in Chattanooga, we were able to see how our bodies, city planning, and history can affect what we know about a place.
- Causeway foundation
- Green Trips
- Bike Chattanooga
- Woodenspoon Herbs
- Edney Building – public access “innovation center”
- Public library 4th floor maker space
- Chattanooga history and public protest by Chattanooga Organized for Action.
DOWNSTREET ART. NORTH ADAMS, MA, 2017
We spent a week in residence at the MCLA Design Lab in downtown North Adams. Leading up to a large public event and bicycle ride, we designed a workspace that allowed participants to make zines and record their stories about their town, what they know, as well as how their skills could support other members of their neighborhood. We worked with a local bicycle advocacy group "Mass in Motion" to organize a bicycle ride for all ages. We brought a bicycle-trailer radio station that shared the stories we collected.
- Zine library and zine making within the MCLA design lab
- Workshops and audio recording at community centers, baseball fields, and local concerts
- Collaboration with local stakeholders including the MCLA and the North Berkshires Community Coalition
- Public celebratory bicycle ride focusing on safer streets and community storytelling
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Brett Hunter + Katie Hargrave