Mobile Homestead is a trilogy of films that is part of The Artangel Collection. Following their presentation at the Whitney Biennial in New York in 2012, the films had their UK premiere at Tate Modern in May 2013. Later that year the trilogy was presented at Site Gallery in Sheffield and in cinemas across London. 'Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland, 2010-11 has since been screened on a floating cinema at the Olympic Park as part of the Art Moves festival. These works are presented in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
No other film in the Whitney Biennial had the complexity and gravity of Kelley’s Mobile Homestead movies ... They are a study of depression economics and of a nearly stereotypical midwestern resilience in the face of loss. They are also landscape, cityscape, and skyscape movies, amazing to behold. – Amy Taubin, Artforum, 2012
On 25 September 2010, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead – a facsimile of his childhood home created out of a trailer – made its maiden voyage from the grounds of MOCAD in Detroit to the ‘mother ship’, his original home in the suburbs. These films chart the journey along Michigan Avenue, reversing the historic ‘white flight’ that occurred in the mid 1960s as the decline of the automobile industry and increasing racial tensions caused an exodus in middle-class communities from the city centre. The footage of this extraordinary road trip is interspersed with interviews that chronicle the varied lives of those who populate Detroit today, at a moment when the city is questioning its post-industrial prospects.
Video: Excerpt of Mike Kelley, Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland, 2010-11. You can watch this video on Vimeo, where you can also watch an excerpt of Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit and an excerpt of Mobile Homestead Christening Ceremony and Launch, September 25, 2010.
on The Floating Cinema at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 20 September 2014
'Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland' was presented on a floating cinema in the canal by the Olympic stadium. This screening formed part of the Art Moves festival, which brought together twenty-five inventive 'art vehicles' to offer a unique showcase of mobile art and architecture, to coincide with London's Open House weekend.
Image: The Floating Cinema at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Floating Cinema is an UP Projects production. Photograph: Hydar Dewachi
2 - 18 November 2013
The Mobile Homestead trilogy was screened in cinemas across London in the autumn of 2013, with introductory talks from Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery in London, from James Lingwood, Co-Director at Artangel and from Laura Sillars, Artistic Director of Site Gallery in Sheffield.
Image: Invitation to the cinema screenings of the Mobile Homestead trilogy.
Sheffield, 8 June - 20 July 2013
In 2010, Laura Sillars worked on the Mobile Homestead project in Detroit for four months as the Location Producer. Laura subsequently became the Artistic Director of Site Gallery in Sheffield and showed the film trilogy there, alongside documentation and audio recordings from the production process.
Image: Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead, 2010-11 at Site Gallery, Sheffield. Photograph: Courtesy Site Gallery, Sheffield
Since its original presentation, the Mobile Homestead trilogy have been seen at:
'Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland' has been seen at: