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. We invite people with a connection to Bristol to write a short text as a protest, as provocation, to teleport us elsewhere, as a new idea, as an invitation, as an address, a joke, as a message of solidarity.
Initially framed by the context of the pandemic the first 7 texts formed the Pandemic Series, as the time between now and the start of the first lockdown in 2020 widens the texts will respond to the changed world we inhabit rather than the immediacy of the pandemic.
Texts are displayed individually on the bike billboard and taken around Bristol.
Pandemic Bulletin #1 (May 2020) by Rachael Clerke.
STAY ALERY: CHILDREN PLAYING BIRDSONG FASCISM
Pandemic Bulletin #2 (June 2020) by Sean Sobers.
STATION 2020 ALL CHANGE! MIND THE GAP
Pandemic Bulletin #3 (July 2020) by Ben Thomas.
COLLECTIVELY BREATHING. IN AND OUT. BODIES BOUND TO ONE ANOTHER
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
Pandemic Bulletin #5 (Nov 2020) by Teresa Dillon.
SO, I TOUCHED YOU AFAR SAVOURING ALL MEMORIES OF YOUR SWEET SWEAT AND EARTHLY S
Pandemic Bulletin #6 (July 2020) by Huma Mulji.
FOR JUST A MOMENT IN THE NIGHT, WE ALL HAD THE SAME DREAM
Pandemic Bulletin #7 (May 2021) by James Hankins
CRACK AN EGG