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Pia GrüterBy Pia Grüter
First created
Pia GrüterBy Pia Grüter
First created
€1,918
pledged of €16,500pledged of €16,500 goal
26
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 15 2018 1:19 PM UTC +00:00

About

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.

About me

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!

me inside Leonardo Di Chiara's aVOID house, at Bauhaus Campus Berlin
me inside Leonardo Di Chiara's aVOID house, at Bauhaus Campus Berlin

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. 

Pia Grüter at the aVoid house at Bauhaus Campus, Berlin
Pia Grüter at the aVoid house at Bauhaus Campus, Berlin

Process 

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! 

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 Schedule 

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. 

AIR

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. 

Rewards

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)

Rewards contain:

Postcards

Stickers

 Wood objects

Original drawings on wood slats (examples), by Pia Grüter 

 T-shirts

 

Thank you! 

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!

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge €10 or more About US$ 11

    YOUR NAME ENGRAVING

    Your name will be engraved and eternalized on a wooden board inside the house. You will thereby become an integral part of it!

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    YOU'VE GOT MAIL

    + your name will be engraved on a wooden board inside the tiny house
    + 3 postcards of your choice
    + 3 stickers of your choice

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    WOODPECKER PACKAGE

    + 1 wooden object made out of wood from the Mobile AIR material (keychain, butter knife or bookmark)
    + your name will be engraved on a wooden board inside the tiny house
    + 3 postcards of your choice
    + 3 stickers of your choice

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    Pledge €50 or more About $57

    MOBILE AIR KIT

    + 1 signed original drawing on a wooden slat, by Pia Grüter (A5 size)
    + your name will be engraved on a wooden board inside the tiny house
    + postcards
    + stickers

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    Pledge €100 or more About US$ 113

    BERLIN CALLING

    + 1 night in Mobile AIR in Berlin
    + 1 signed original drawing on a wooden slat, (A5 size), or 1 wooden object made out of wood from the Mobile AIR material (keychain, butter knife or bookmark)
    + your name will be engraved on a wooden board inside the tiny house
    + postcards
    + stickers

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    Pledge €300 or more About US$ 340

    BERLIN SPECIAL

    + 3 nights in Mobile AIR in Berlin incl. breakfast
    + 1 t-shirt (with print and color of your choice)
    + 1 signed original drawing on a wooden slat (A4 size)
    + 1 wooden object made out of wood from the Mobile AIR material (keychain, butter knife or bookmark)
    + your name will be engraved on a wooden board inside the tiny house
    + postcards
    + stickers

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    Pledge €500 or more About US$ 566

    TINY HOUSE EXPERIENCE PACKAGE

    + 4 nights in Mobile AIR in Berlin, incl. breakfast
    + 2 t-shirts (with print and color of your choice)
    + 1 signed original drawing on a wooden slat (A3 size)
    + 3 wooden objects made out of wood from the Mobile AIR material (keychain, butter knife or bookmark)
    + postcards
    + stickers

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    Pledge €1,000 or more About US$ 1,132

    TINY HOUSE ENTHUSIAST SPECIAL (LIMITED)

    + 5 nights in Mobile AIR in Berlin incl. breakfast
    + a private intensive workshop with Van Bo Le-Mentzel (renowned architect and founder of Tinyhouse University) and me, Pia Grüter, on how to design the tiny house of your dreams!
    + 2 t-shirts (with print and color of your choice)
    + 1 signed original drawing on a wooden slat (A3 size)
    + 3 wooden objects made out of wood from the Mobile AIR material (keychain, butter knife or bookmark)
    + postcards
    + stickers

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Funding period

- (30 days)