The Bike Bloc was an experiment put together by the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination from the UK, with the Camp for Climate Action, which aimed to draw on their own creativity and the history of the many forms of creative politics, from the Dutch Provos to Ya Basta, to engineer a new tool and practise of civil disobedience for the day of Climate Justice Action (CJA) at the COP15 Climate summit on 16th December 2009.
They used Copenhagen’s most plentiful and recyclable resource, discarded bikes, and reverse engineer them into machines of creative resistance.
A large collective of bike hackers, welders, artists, activists, designers, mechanics, and general enthusiasts began working together for a week in Bristol and another week in Copenhagen to make it happen.
Bike Bloc aims to create anarchy and disruption to bring attention to global matters.
The Bike Bloc room aims to recreate the noise, the confusion and the excitement of the protest.
It’s a circus, an art project in disguise. Multiple happenings all at once around the same city you don’t know where to go first, where to look first or what you’re going to see when you get there.
Walkthrough: Describing the key points and visual features of the room
Above: The way in, through a brake-calliper archway referencing the original flyer from the Candy Factory.
Above: A representation of the room from the entrance, a 3/4 view showing the screens across the back wall and ceiling along with the large-format display wall at the opposite side of the room.
Above: Side view of the entrance wall, the sound wall, filled with active loudhailers.
Above: Side view of the back wall showing headlines, quotes and statements from the days of the protest.
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&Something Studio is a design studio based, but no way trapped, in Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury has trains and roads which lead both in and out.