The project started in 2006 as a site decoration installation for the first mass participatory performance Bicycle Ballet, on Brighton seafront and the city’s first Car Free Day event.
It was called Performance Parking – inspired by the lengths you sometimes have to take to securely park your bike – & started as a bit of a joke; a comment on how impossible it was to park your bike, especially overnight, without it getting vandalised or stolen. The solution? Park your bike out of reach in an impossible location, at the top of a wall or post.
At one end of the performance site were two inexplicable and defunct telegraph poles. No one seemed to know how they came to be there or who they belonged to, so no one minded when we asked to use them. At the other end of the space, the cliff wall provided a blank canvas for another, hanging installation.
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A Kent-wide installation project commissioned by Kent County Council and local partners in response to the Paralympic Road Cycling Races which took place at Brands Hatch in September 2012.
The reCyculture team worked with local people in three creative residencies across Kent, to paint bikes, & collect stories, create poems & stop animation films, to create online, virtual installations, alongside the physical installaions, around the county.
& Tri the Bike Shop
& the Number One Community Centre
Margate – Harbour Arm Gallery, Marine Studios & Thanet Cycle Recycle
Ramsgate – Queen Charlotte
Folkestone – Creative Quarter Folkestone & Folkestone Fringe
A HUGE thanks to all
You can still get involved. Tell us your stories, ideas and thoughts about cycling and bikes, and be part of reCyculture on www.facebook.com/reCyculture or Twitter @reCyculture
The reCyculture team ran several workshop sessions across Kent including:
Bike painting at Cyclopark. People of all ages joined in.
We asked people to tell us their stories. Writing them down, or interviewing them:
And we ran sessions, such as this one in Margate, creating poems about people’s cycling experiences & even made a stop animation film: 30 bikes into one car parking space
Oliver has been working with music for 16 years. He writes for ‘Lift’ and ‘Poke’ library music companies, with international distributions. He co-writes for ‘Aswarm’ art in sound, and has a variety of creative projects, including ‘Firstmenoffthemoon’ and ‘Gekobeat’.
He also works in the performing arts, writing and producing soundtracks for public performances and exhibitions. Involvement in previous work includes: Soundspace at Eureka in Halifax, an interactive permanent exhibition of sound – Best European Exhibition for kids 2005, Crackers for The World Famous, The Barbershop for 3Monkey Productions – touring comedy stage show, The Big Dance for Smallwonder – large-scale dance performance to sound on Brighton beach.