Climate Emergency Services (CES)
Commissioned for The Plot, Folkestone Trienale 2021, Folkestone, by Creative Folkestone. Curator Lewis Biggs & Jo Cowdrey. Digital Compositing: Jamie Bubb, Engineer Ewen Sergisson.
Photos Thierry Bal & Lou Johnson.
On tour to Coventry Biennale/National Transport Museum, Mark Rutherford School, Bedford, Cop 26 & Glasgow School of Art, Dundee, St Andrews, Hull Social, premiere of 'Back to Ours' by Mal Williamson
Climate Emergency Services is a ‘conflicted’ vehicle and artwork, aiming to evoke and challenge our love / hate relationship with motor vehicles in a period becoming characterised by our increasing fear of climate change. The conflicted quality of the artwork’s message is condensed into the contract between the exterior and interior of the vehicle.
Outside, the bodywork references the high temperature culture of car modification for ‘high performance’ and the linkage between the conspicuous consumption of oil and ‘the apocalyptic’. Inside, the cabin is designed to evoke a science laboratory that might be plotting the environmental indicators triggered by climate change, and a place of cool optimism in which the thinking needed to survive that climate change can be pursued.
Climate Emergency Services transcends its status as mobile artwork to become a 'mobile place’ that can act as the focus for outdoor workshops, and assist in visits to schools and events or festivals.
- Folkestone Trienalle Catalogue
CES has on board: Solar panel, PA & Tannoy (for poetry, protest and birdsong), Rotating flashing beacons, Decorative lighting, Movable riot control 'gun', Propagator, Wheel chair lift.
CES is insured and taxed for a year and registered with the AA.
With Bipolar Abdul, photographed by Jamie Bubb
With Bi-Polar Abdul, Photographic collaboration with Jamie Bubb