In anticipation of our upcoming DELVE Networking: Collaboratives + Art on May 22 at Tiger Strikes Astroid, we are exploring inspiring projects. Today, we wanted to share two projects that intersect at art and architecture, as well as being collaborative. And they use vans.
First, we remember Raumlabor's Spacebuster from a Storefront for Art and Architecture series of events in 2009. Spacebuster was a traveling, inflatable structure, mounted on a van, that held days of programming and events. We love that any outdoor space can instantly be transformed into a community gathering space, all the while accessible through the transparent plastic. Raumlabor is a group based in Berlin who began working together in 1999 in the fields of architecture, urban interventions, and what they call 'research-based design.' Read more about them here.
Ant Farm was an avant-garde architecture, graphic arts, and environmental design practice, founded in San Francisco in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels. In 1970 they drove the Media Van across the United States and created a black and white video of the utopian community they created. The van disappeared shortly afterwards and was found in in 2008 at a NIKE Missile Site. In 2009, the van appeared in the SFMOMA exhibition, The Art of Participation, where viewers plugged in their devices to store their digital media in the van, which was then sealed, and will be reopened in 2030. Read an interview with Ant Farm on Life Without Buildings.
Who has a van? We can make something great happen.