The Mobility Project at the Meter Room in Coventry, UK



The Mobility Project

Curated by Elly Clarke / Clarke Gallery
at The Meter Room
58-64 Corporation Street
Coventry CV1 1FG
With work by Simon Clark, Elly Clarke, Enda O’Donoghue, Kerstin Honeit, Rebecca Pittman, plan b/Sophia New & Dan Belasco Rogers, Fedora Romita and Kym Ward
Private View: 19.01.2012
And then exhibition is open 20.01.2012 – 19.02.2012 -  Tuesday-Saturday 12-18
Panel Discussion: 21.01.2012, 2pm
Clarke Gallery is delighted and honoured to bring The Mobility Project to The Meter Room. This is the second stop of this exhibition, which began in Berlin and consists of work by artists mostly based in there. But as the exhibition travels, it picks up other work by local artists (in this case Rebecca Pittman) and invites local speakers to participate in the panel discussion.
This exhibition is been made possible through the generous support of Arts Council EnglandCulture Ireland and Coventry Council Small Arts Grants
“Keep connected, you are never alone, never alone with a mobile phone in your pocket.”[1]
Over the last decade, particularly since the mass take-up of the mobile phone, the ever-increasing mobility - of people, goods, information and images - has radically altered the way we perceive, interpret, navigate and even describe the world. Notions of presence and absence, solitude and togetherness and even of geography are changing, as our personally tailored collections of contacts, communities, photos and politics are with us 24/7. The way we travel around the places we live in, and how we interact with others whilst we’re there has a great impact on the way we understand not only where we are but also who we are. Communication and movement are, and always have been, closely linked, dictating the scope of our influence. But today, in a world where one tweeted photo can be seen across five continents within seconds, that influence can reach areas and cultures of which we have no concept.
Here, seven projects present seven different projections of mobility. From Simon Clark’s epic cycle journey around the UK delivering postcards he picked up from the Galapagos Islands direct into people’s hands to plan b’s live redrawing of their GPS traces gathered over their past year in Berlin direct onto the gallery wall; from Enda O’Donoghue paintings created from low-res mobile phone photos found on the internet to Kerstin Honeit’s multi-city performance-experiments where she instructs women to stand on the same area of pavement for fifteen minutes - and finally from Fedora Romita’s audio recordings of the U-Bahn network of Berlin as a means of getting to know the city she just moved to, to Rebecca Pittman’s two screen video installation of her journey along a featureless road in the states listening to driving music and finally also my own five minute video showing an unexpected moment of stillness on the German Autobahn - these are personal portraits of navigation. But, between them, they touch on wider issues that affect us all as we negotiate our way around the world - including gender, power, surveillance and the relationship between physical and virtual materiality. 
A specially commissioned set of limited edition prints by the particapiating artists are available in conjunction with this exhibition, the sales of which will help fund this exhibition’s onward journey. See here for further details:
On 21st January at 2pm a panel discussion will take place in the gallery, featuring all the artists in the show, a performance lecture by Kym Ward and guest speaker Alfredo Cramerotti.

[1] Excerpt from Instantaneous Culture, by Berlin band Theodor Storm.