Revelation Film Festival 2014

2016 Films


Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead

Free Exhibition @ PICA

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.

This video trilogy opens with a celebration of 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. 

12:30pm: Mobile Homestead Christening Ceremony and Launch (2010-11), 53min
1:30pm: Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland (2010-11), 78min
3pm: Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit (2010-11), 79min 

Mobile Homestead videos © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All rights reserved. Courtesy of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts in collaboration with Artangel. 

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