Repo Jet (2009 - Work in Progress)
‘Repo Jet’ hails from dispossessed economies, American excess and displacement. It will be a small, personal airplane repurposed as an off-grid, mobile apartment and site to collect visions for the future. Designed for flight yet always grounded, it will be pulled by a small fleet of bicycles, traveling across the United States to record people’s dreams and provide spectacle where ghost towns and tent cities stand amidst legendary wilderness and speculation. As functional sculpture, it will serve as a model for propositional architectures and emerging technologies.
‘Repo Jet’ reuses symbolic objects, structures and metaphors to form absurd amalgams set against the American landscape and social tensions. The personal jet is transformed into a migrant space, laboriously slow-moving rather than a luxury escape vehicle. ‘Repo Jet’ is not another temporary utopia or simplistic micro-solution to structural failure. Instead, through spectacular sculpture, performance and unstructured listening, it carves out a space for wild imagination.