Mobile AIR - the tiny house Artist In Residence

This project is in progress, currently I am running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, to raise the money needed for the realization of Mobile AIR.

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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.

This non-profit, Berlin-based residence studio will take 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!

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.