The Mobile Studio : Bus 116

Our bus has arrived. Graciously donated by the Coostrana bus company and operated by Willian.

The bus will be used to travel to cultural centers throughout Medellin, and operate as a space used for recording music with local rappers. Currently, we are designing sculptural pieces to be placed outside of the bus upon arriving at a community center. The sculptures are dogs fabricated from fiberglass whose heads have been replaced with speakers. When deployed, the dogs will broadcast what is being recorded and previous recordings. Through a series of conversations with young people in Medellin, the context of the dog was eventually realized. These discussions revealed an understanding of the dog as resilient, and ubiquitous to the urban landscape. The dog is a complex metaphor for displacement, disregard and the invisible person while also drawing on human sensitivity and love.