Big Car Collaborative didn’t just happen.
It developed in the context of its place in the Midwest of the United States, more specifically in the neighborhoods on the south edge of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This place — like the people who make up Big Car — is connected to both the urban and rural, to factories and farms alike. And Big Car is also a product of the many influences that have inspired our artists’ thinking and approaches to the work. Some of these come from the past and inform the present and the future. Some are contemporaries — many we have been able to meet during our travels or bring to Indianapolis for collaborations here.
A key to what we do: Big Car learns and develops and strives to make it new. But we understand that we live in a time when new means something different than it did to Marcel Duchamp. Now, new is about blending and linking and innovating by seeing how something like Surrealism can connect to street painting as well as community development. Here’s a list of some of Big Car’s key influences and contemporaries we have found inspiring, sometimes following the path of our growth as an organization:
Artists and Art Projects: Social practice/contemporary art
Rick Lowe (Project Row Houses)
Theaster Gates (Rebuild Foundation)
Mark Allen (Machine Project)
Davy Rothbart (Found Magazine)
Tyree Guyton (Heidelberg Project)
Juan William Chávez (Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary)
Center for Land Use Interpretation
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Placemakers and Urbanists
William Whyte and his filmThe Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
Project for Public Spaces
Tactical Urbanism Check out this video by Anthony Garcia.
City Repair Project
David Engwicht (Creative Communities) watch this video
Walk Your City
Sit on It Detroit
Springboard for the Arts
Dada and Surrealists
A great archive of audio, video, text for influences listed below: UbuWeb
Max Ernst (especially these)
Rene Magritte — watch this documentary.
Pablo Picasso and cubism
Federico García Lorca
Other Surrealist poets
See also Guillaume Apollinaire
Enjoy a derive today