Collaborations > Project: Transmotion
On May 21st and May 22nd of 2004, Project: Transmotion, a mobile art installation on an 18-wheeler flatbed, measuring 45’ x 8’, drove through all five boroughs of New York City. The construction on the flatbed, fabricated by myself and eight other artists, served as both art transport and artwork; art about art transportation. The Renaissance saw the introduction of the stretched canvas, an invention that fundamentally changed art commerce. The Medici family moved artwork between private collectors and in doing so, established a more open art market no longer limited to site-specific frescos. Project: Transmotion expanded on this now familiar infrastructure and carried the artwork to the public at large. The truck cabin, the private domain of the driver, broadcasted to the public through CB radio airing conversations, weather, traffic reports and contemplative love songs. A combination of Mad Max renegade stylings, 1970s lowrider rococo tailfins and glossy corporate finishes allowed the viewers a voyeuristic glimpse of the trucking culture. By removing the walls of the truck, Project: Transmotion exposed what is usually hidden from view. Other artists included Diane Carr, Elaine Chow, Boyce Cummings, Kate Gilmore, Tom Lendvai, Alois Kronschlaeger, Christopher Reiger and Robyn Winston. Project: Transmotion was sponsored by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Austrian Cultural Forum and The Waskowmium.