Keith Harrison – Joy Ride, a Model

June 24, 2016

Pictured is one of a series of developmental models being produced as part of current research for the proposed live event ‘Joy Ride’ to be situated within the Cannock Chase Forestry Commission Estate. As a child I was a regular visitor to Cannock Chase driving out in the family Austin Maxi, the nearest wilderness to the housing estate in West Bromwich where we lived. The car continues to be the main mode of transport to the area and the work acknowledges the contrasting day-time, night-time vehicle use of forest sites at the edge of urban conurbations. The prevalence of stolen cars abandoned and often burnt out in woodland areas continues to shock; a brutally transformative and nihilistic act.

I am looking to source local clay as a diy version of the clay/wax composite used for automobile design prototyping to produce a full-size clay version of the Rover 75, the last car to leave the production line at the Longbridge car plant in Birmingham. A monumental ramp would be built to launch the clay car as a public event at the Tackeroo site within Cannock Chase Forest, investigating the possibilities for the ramp to be made from a scaffolding system influenced by the bamboo constructions found throughout India & Asia, early wooden rollecoaster rides and factory conveyor belts.

Ideally the event would take place at dusk and like a drive- in movie the public would be invited to witness the event through and in their vehicles with the attending cars illuminating the event through their headlights. I am currently looking into the possibility of recording the release of the car and subsequent collision using the same stop frame technology as employed in crash test photography and also the capacity for the car stereos in every vehicle to pick up and amplify the sound of the crash.