Family Unit: Chill Trailer

Related to City Art
Installed from 20 October 2009 to 28 January 2010
D.J. in a tracksuit top standing at mixing decks in a white plastic shelter
3 Groups of people sit in white tent style shelters amongst city buildings at night
large white tent style shelter fixed to a trailer houses a D.J. and other equipment amongst city buildings

A boat trailer transformed into an ever-expanding and ever-changing platform for performance.

Artist: Anne Graham and the Bond family
Curator: Steffen Lehmann
This artwork was temporary and is no longer at this location.

Artwork description

Family Unit: Chill Trailer was a portable performance space created and activated by an extended family.

The chill trailer sought to provide a new way to engage with space and people in the city. It operated with the dynamic and unpredictable variables of the city – a city that is never static, that never sleeps. This work was also constantly changing, a performance which used the city as some sort of laboratory.

The design of the trailer was inspired by diverse forms ranging from the expandable caravan to the nautilus shell. The base of the structure was a large trailer that opened up into a series of spaces where different events and performances could take place. In the daytime cooking and gardening workshops, at night a music station with DJs, dancing, impromptu performance and art events. On occasion it operated as a nightclub with DJ SpinFX and friends, while on other occasions it became a ballroom, a chill-out space, a kitchen, a classroom, a garden.

The process involved in producing this artwork was considered to be as significant as the product, much as the avant-garde artists of the previous generation had viewed their art and exhibitions, as if the various locations which hosted the exhibition were laboratories or workshops.

Historical precedents cited for this process of working include the Situationist International, Fluxus, and Gutai movements and the art practices of Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik. Contemporary precedents include the relational aesthetics movement and art practices including Rirkrit Tiravanija and Thomas Hirschorn.

“Under these conditions, exhibitions would no longer be switched on and off, in a spirit of tabula rasa, before the next hosted outing, but would take on an almost life-like, organic valence, leaving seeds to grow, sedimentation to accumulate.”

– Anne Graham, 2009

Project team

  • Anne Graham – Artist
  • Duncan Bond – Architect
  • Rob Graham – DJ, Artist
  • Jasmine Liddane – Architect, Project Manager
  • Tony Bond – Curator, Writer
  • Jan Bond – Landscape Designer

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