Here There and Everywhere: The Art Of Collaboration
Place: Part V   Transient

Mobile Institute

Bram Arnold • United Kingdom • Artist
Penny Skerrett • England • Artist and Curator
Eleanor Davis • England • Artist and Musician

“In 2006 Bram Thomas Arnold, Alan Boldon, Eleanor Wynne Davis and Penny Skerrett talked late into the night, envisioning a train journey taken as a mobile school,” the collaborators write about their project,. A route from London to Beijing via the trans-Siberian railway was devised; and we discussed all the places we would like to visit, all the conversations we would have along the way and how we would curate the school by inviting key speakers to conversation at various points along the route, as we passed them by."

“This idea became the basis for the Mobile Institute and the collaborative project’s curated conversation, taking place during the length of a train journey on the United Kingdom’s smallest train network, Wrexham & Shropshire Railways that run the countries only service from North Wales to London, in early 2011. Working with the train company to develop and advertise the project in advance, both the public and specialists from a broad array of fields will be able to join the Mobile Institute between stops for conversation, readings, screenings and performance works aboard the train—all of which will also be preserved as a video document. The ICIA in Bath is then to host a reflective conversation on the project that looks into how motion, through time and space, has affected the nature of human experience and thought in both work and play.”

Wrexham & Shropshire Railways • Between Wrexham and London, Great Britain (taking in the UNESCO world heritage site of the Llangollen Canal among other features of the British landscape)

Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts • Bath, Great Britain •
January- February 2011

“Based at the University of Bath,” as their website states, “ICIA presents a public arts program curated around an annual theme. The season includes visual arts, theatre, dance and music with an interdisciplinary emphasis, including exhibitions, films, discussions, practical workshops and classes. As an academic research centre, ICIA commissions and supports new arts projects, residencies, training opportunities, seminars and symposia exploring interdisciplinary arts practice."