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During the first UK Covid lockdown in March 2020 we scavenged wood and built a billboard to fit on our bike trailer. In the absence of gallery walls, conversations in pubs, loitering, union meetings, open studios, protests and demonstrations we wanted to create a physical location for a public offline address to Bristol – one framed by the context of the pandemic.

We are slowly inviting 19 people with a connection to Bristol to write something that in some way addressed this point in time. A short text as a pandemic protest, as provocation, to teleport us elsewhere, as a new idea, as an invitation, as an address, a joke, as a message of solidarity.

Texts are displayed individually on the bike billboard and taken around Bristol.

(2020)

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Pandemic Bulletin #1 (May 2020) by Rachael Clerke.
STAY ALERY: CHILDREN PLAYING BIRDSONG FASCISM

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Pandemic Bulletin #2 (June 2020) by Sean Sobers.
STATION 2020 ALL CHANGE! MIND THE GAP

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Pandemic Bulletin #3 (July 2020) by Ben Thomas.
COLLECTIVELY BREATHING. IN AND OUT. BODIES BOUND TO ONE ANOTHER

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Pandemic Bulletin #4 (July 2020) by Malizah (Rising Arts Agency).
OUR SPIRIT NEVER BREAKS, KEPT VISIONS AND OUR HEADS HIGH, NO MATTER WHAT WE FACED

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Pandemic Bulletin #5 (Nov 2020) by Teresa Dillon.
SO, I TOUCHED YOU AFAR SAVOURING ALL MEMORIES OF YOUR SWEET SWEAT AND EARTHLY S

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Pandemic Bulletin #6 (July 2020) by Huma Mulji.
FOR JUST A MOMENT IN THE NIGHT, WE ALL HAD THE SAME DREAM