PICA is partnering with the Revelation Film Festival to present Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (2012).
In 2005 multimedia-artist Mike Kelley was commissioned by Artangel to produce a site-specific artwork. His response was to create a replica of his childhood home in the Detroit suburb of Westland, the façade of which was driven from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, to Westland, on a route that took the artwork along Michigan Avenue and back again.
In Mobile Homestead, a three part video work, Kelley, documents this journey and the changing social and cultural geographies on Michigan Avenue. By including interviews conducted on route with those who live or work alongside the road, including strip-club dancers, church officials, and representatives of the Ford Motor Company, among many others, the work offers snapshot portraits of the city and its inhabitants.
The work concludes by celebrating the launch of Mobile Homestead and features poet John Sinclair, alongside community leaders, as well as numerous musicians and bands representing the cultural diversity of the suburbs the façade passed through.
The work was premiered in 2012 at the Whitney Biennial, New York, and has screened at Site Gallery, Sheffield, and the Tate Modern, London.