Mike Kelley: Mobile Homestead Film Trilogy

Over the summer Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead was well received at Tate Modern and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. In response, Artangel and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts will now be screening his film in independent cinemas across London this November. The shows coincide with a major survey of Mike Kelley’s work at MoMA PS1 in New York this autumn.

This work was the last to be produced by the great American artist Mike Kelley before his untimely death in 2012. A completely unique project, the artist built an exact replica of his childhood home, a 1950s suburban house in the Detroit suburb of Westland, and mounted it on a truck to be driven around like a conventional mobile home. Kelley’s replica home was then driven from downtown Detroit, along Michigan Avenue, to the “mothership” that is the the artist’s original home, and back again.

This innovative project was documented in a trilogy of captivating films. Footage of the journey is layered with testimonies from an array of people who live and work in Detroit, from bikers and prostitutes, to church officials and social workers, heroin addicts and heads of the automobile industry. The final theme records the opening “launch” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, where the completed Mobile Homestead stands today.

The film is set to be in cinemas around London from 2-18 November. For the full screening list visit www.artangel.org.uk/homestead2013

1. Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead Videos, 2010-12. Commissioned and produced by Artangel.