John Boyd Dunlop Pedals Onwards

There’s been a surge of interest recently in John Boyd Dunlop and the installation Dunlop’s Pedal Powered Time Machine so I thought it wise to let you all know that there is now a dedicated website for this project, designed by Alan Brown, which is, of course, beautiful. The exhibit is currently on show at the North Ayrshire Museum in Saltcoats until 16th January 2010.

John Boyd Dunlop Pedals Onwards

Dunlop Freewheeling

Dunlop's Pedal Powered Time Machine

The interactive exhibit & installation Dunlop’s Pedal Powered Time Machine is up & running in Kilmarnock.

Created by Guy Bishop, Alan Brown & Matt Hulse, the show runs from May 30th – September 12th at the Dick Institute Museum & Art Gallery.

If you are in the area, check it out, it’s pretty unusual. You’ll be assured of a friendly reception, I guarantee it.

A few thoughts about this project, now that I have a little distance on it.

Museums are concerned with public engagement & The Dick in Kilmarnock is no exception. Public museums are not places where artists, or indeed artworks, are treated with that faintly embarrassing hush-toned reverence that’s common in art galleries.

A more pragmatic, practical approach is evident & the white gloves only come out if an artefact is fragile or easily tarnished.

We three visual artists – commissioned with public money & working within the context of a public museum – faced interesting challenges installing Dunlop’s Pedal Powered Time Machine.

It wasn’t clear, when we arrived with all ‘the stuff’, how best to position the work, both in terms of its physical placement (health, safety, accessibility etc) & its contextual placement within the museum’s gallery.

Design For A Pneumatic Tyre
Design For A Pneumatic Tyre

Context is everything when it comes to how work is perceived, valued & promoted.

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Dunlop Freewheeling

Dunlop Rocking

activity chair 1Guy Bishop has been busy over the weekend.

He created this beautiful construction which he describes as ‘a child’s rocking high chair with adjustable weighting & activity table’.

The Force of Dunlop is strong in this one. Have we here Jean Tinguely’s heir apparent?

Cheekily, one of the items open to abuse on the activity table is a tin of solvent.

This piece plays a role in an elaborate interactive installation called Dunlop’s Pedal Powered Time Machine created by Guy in collaboration with myself & Alan Brown.

The show runs from May 30th – September 12th at the Dick Institute Museum & Art Gallery.

Dunlop Rocking