Mobile AIR - The tiny house Artist In Residence
Mobile AIR - The tiny house Artist In Residence
More mobility for art! A traveling artist studio, that combines living, working and creative exchange on only 6,5 square meters.
More mobility for art! A traveling artist studio, that combines living, working and creative exchange on only 6,5 square meters. Read more
Mobile AIR – the tiny house Artist In Residence
Mobile AIR (Artist In Residence) is a non-profit program that will enable artists from Germany and abroad to realize site-specific field research projects and exhibitions. It offers a new, flexible and mobile platform for artistic research and creation.
My name is Pia, I am a German-Finnish artist, born in 1985. I did my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Maastricht (Netherlands), and completed my MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus University Weimar in 2016. I live and work in Berlin.
I love combining travel with artistic research – and I love tiny houses! In many of my own projects, I’ve incorporated travel and field research into my creative process. I’ve completed several artist residencies in, among other places, Canada and Japan. During these stays abroad, I was able to entirely concentrate on my work and the environment I found myself in. This, to me, was a key component of the experience. I was able to work without rushing, and was able to connect to my environment, which, in turn, improved my creative output. During one of my last projects, I researched and considered how to read our society’s environmental footprint on the Finnish forest landscape. For this, I traveled all across Finland, visited folkloric villages in Russian Karelia and drove all the way back to Weimar, Germany. This was a totally self-directed endeavor, and to achieve it, I transformed an old van into my mobile home and art studio. I lived and worked in it for two months. I never would have been able to get as close to my research topic – or reach my conclusion – if I hadn’t had a flexible, mobile studio.
All my experiences have made me realize the power of investigative travel for artistic projects, as well as the great potential of artist residencies that offer unique working environments.
Three years ago, I became fascinated by the topic of tiny houses, and quickly became obsessed. With Mobile AIR, I want to see these great concepts and approaches melt together into a single residency, and I want to open doors for others to explore their creativity in this unique environment. In the active teamwork of other tiny house enthusiasts, artists and carpenters that I will have on my side, this house can be realized. And with the help of enough backers, the idea can be realized!
6,5 m² of AIR
This non-profit, Berlin-based residence studio takes place in an especially tiny house. Compared to most other examples of tiny houses, this one is exceptionally small, measuring only 6,5m2, making it very flexible. It is off-the-grid, equipped with an Internet connection, and can be transported to specific sites and parked for short or long periods of time. The artist-in-residence can therefore realize site-specific projects at places that might otherwise be difficult to access for longer periods of time. Unlike other residencies, which are generally tied to specific locations, Mobile AIR enables artists to choose the site of their residences. Mobile AIR aims to accommodate the artist’s needs, and not the other way around. Since the house is so small, every piece of the interior will be carefully considered. A lot of the furniture is foldable, some is expandable, and some can even completely disappear from view. The design has been developed so that as much of the area as possible is dedicated to studio and work spaces.
The simplicity of a tiny house offers a great environment for focused work. The house is extremely versatile in terms of functionality. Depending on the particular location where it is placed, the house can either become an isolated workspace or, alternatively, a very open room, linking directly to the public.
All projects realized in Mobile AIR will be presented and exhibited at the end of each residency term. The idea is to not only offer space to artists, but also to create a space for connection, open workshops, creativity, participation, conversation and exchange with the public.
The framework for Mobile AIR is an old horse trailer, which determines the shape of the house’s floor plan. The first steps of transforming the space are already underway. Over the past few months, I have removed the original horse box from the trailer, revealing the body underneath. A sub-frame was then added on top of the original frame in order to make the base of the house stronger as well as a bit wider. After giving it a new varnish, the wall and roof framing were constructed and the trailer is now finally ready for its transformation!
If Mobile AIR finds enough Kickstarter backers, the house will be fully built in the beginning of 2018. The building process and updates will be shared on the Mobile AIR website and Facebook page (both of which are coming soon). From July through December, backers will be invited to spend overnight stays in Mobile AIR, in Berlin. The first location of the house will be announced as soon as possible. After this initial phase, the house will be dedicated to the Artist-In-Residence program.
The residence is open for artists working in all fine arts, as well as artistic research, bio-art, environmental art, art journalism, photography, performance, dance, music, and literature. Residencies can last from one week up to three months. A jury (the members of which will change annually) will carefully consider all applications and choose the most promising projects.
What is the money for?
The money raised will go directly into the building and realization of Mobile AIR. As many recycled materials as possible will be used in the creation of this space; however, there is still an endless collection of things that need investment. Some things include screws, wood, insulation, moisture barrier, veneer, roofing, windows, a door, an oven, electronic cables, solar panels, and much more. We’re thinking of everything in this initial phase, because it will make the final product so much more functional and special. A considerable part of the money will also be spent paying carpenters, technicians and other experts who will work on the house and bring it into its fully-functional form. Furthermore, costs such as for the production of rewards and Kickstarter fees, have been considered as well.
In the event that we exceed our 16,000 euro goal, all additional funds will go towards improving the first phase of the Mobile AIR residency program and building a top-quality website.
For detailed information about the rewards, please check out the list on the right!
10 € YOUR NAME ENGRAVING
20 € YOU'VE GOT MAIL
30 € WOODPECKER PACKAGE
50 € MOBILE AIR KIT
100 € BERLIN CALLING
300 € BERLIN SPECIAL
500 € TINY HOUSE EXPERIENCE PACKAGE
1000 € TINY HOUSE ENTHUSIAST SPECIAL (LIMITED)
Original drawings on wood slats (examples), by Pia Grüter
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at this project! I am very excited about it and I would love other people to get involved and enthusiastic. Together, we can make this possible! If you back this project, you will not only be opening new doors for artists and their projects, but you will also be supporting and developing a network connecting creators and like-minded, impassioned people.
Partners and supporters:
- Malzfabrik Berlin
- AfB Social & Green IT
- ZKU Berlin
- Tinyhouse University
- Bauhaus Campus
- Van Bo Le-Mentzel
- Leonardo Di Chiara (and his aVoid tiny house)
- Noam Goldstein, Joan Schmidt, Max, Lena Skrabs, Antonije Buric
I would also like to give special thanks to Nicolás Buenaventura (http://nicobuenaventura.com/), who made my beautiful Kickstarter video, and Claire Seringhaus for providing her voice.
Risks and challenges
I would be delighted if many backers opted for overnight stays in the Mobile AIR. If this does happen, though, I could foresee some organizational challenges getting everyone the exact dates that they want. In order to have a good scope of time to arrange all the dates and stays at the house, I’ve blocked off a period of six months, so that everyone can be perfectly accommodated within that timeframe. In the case that not all overnight stays can be arranged over the intended period, we can extend it. My goal is to complete this project and get it up and running with every one of the backers happy and engaged!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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