MobileInTent is a creative production of Ann Schnake, and other artists who push boundaries between art and ideas. We are building a pop up visual and performative art space, traveling to public sites in the Bay Area and more distant locations as
In September 2013 MobileInTent began its travels to parking lots, galleries, parks and other urban gathering places. The first series of exhibitions was a collaboration with performance artists Bianca Cabrera and the Blind Tiger Society, and focused on rising waters, future visioning and gentle erosion of collective dissociation from the natural world. see the video of a fall performance of Teetering above.
Other artists came under the tent in winter 2013. Please visit the work of Ann Schnake, Carmen Serber Javier Hurtado, Guillermo Gallindo and others at Berkeley Art Center in Poetics of Potatoes: http://vimeo.com/88912147
In the fall of 2014 MobileInTent is traveling through Alta Callifornia and the confluent bio-regions, AKA south west US Mexico Border. Small performances, of both dense and light gravity, on both sides of the national boundaries, will investigate mobile structures and how walls and boundaries might shift in permeability. In a body of work that integrates sculptural work, video and performance, we are interested in how memory and the ecological history of trees, maps, and light performative acts might alter perceptions and defy usual spatial and perceptual limitations.The project is a collaboration with Ursula Marie Berzborn of Berlin Based physical theater company Grotest Maru.
At the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the current project of MobileInTent is to mix and confound metaphors of the Berlin wall with the Tortilla Wall, AKA border between San Diego and Tijuana. We will complicate the lingering ideas of the 1989 events in Berlin, from defeat of authoritarianism and victory dance/ anointing of free market economy, to recognition of the march of unfettered expansion of capital since that time
And Overall: We are interested in the affects of obscure small acts paired with extraordinary beauty, and how generosity and shifting boundaries might cause subtle shifts of perception. For that reason, we will use our space in different ways in 2015:We hope the project will travel to Berlin and Mexico and imagine philosophical dialogues, skyped interchanges with artists in Serbia, Egypt and Mexico, morning tea and yoga, whittling projects for new and old wood carvers, a few meals, talks and conversation will all be a part of the tent.
As the core of the project, we are artists who want to work in mobile spaces that reflect a feeling of precariousness associated with temporary forms of sustenance, and a domesticity gone feral. We are remembering traditions of traveling artists, from a desert theater caravan to a time traveling medicine show, gathering audiences in public sites with speculative logic. We are interested in possibility of true site-specificity, linking idea and place and defying usual spatial and perceptual limitations. Perhaps we can build means of seeing our human, animal and geophysical conditions in fresh view…