You can’t keep a good idea of the streets, we’re all anarchists at heart.
NVA are re-enacting the infamous Witte Fietsenplan (White Bike Plan) for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010. The original Witte Fietsenplan (White Bike plan) was an anarchic free transport programme in Amsterdam started by the Provos , the Dutch counter culture movement of the 1960’s. The initiative was the source inspiration for the (PUB) Public Use Bicycle systems which has been updated and ‘officially’ replicated in cities worldwide.
NVA’s White Bike Plan will celebrate the political and ecological drives behind the original action by providing 50 white bikes free for the festival audience to use to travel between venues. There will be a central drop-off point for bikes at the Glasgow International Festival Hub courtyard on 54 Miller St each night up to 9.30pm as well as having bike drop off points at other festival venues. The universal combination lock code for the bikes is 6510. NVA have published a Witte Fietsenplan (White Bike plan) pamphlet that will be available at the festival hub and participating venues.
NVA have also curated a small exhibition on the Provo ’s Witte Fietsenplan at the Glasgow International Hub at 54 Miller Street . Opening times of exhibition: 10am – 8pm daily throughout the festival.
COME JOIN THE WHITE BIKE RIDE OUT!
There will be a Ride Out to launch our White Bikes on Thursday 15th April 2010. All 50 bikes will ride en masse from Kelvingrove Park to George Square where at 12.30, there will be an action and proclamation of the original manifesto. If you have two wheels, be there at the Kelvingrove Park Fountain at 11.30am to join the Ride Out.
BE PART OF THE ART WORK
We also wish to recruit 5 cyclists from our audience to become part of the Ride Out on the 15th by riding the White Bikes themselves. If you would like more information on what this will entail please send an email with ‘MORE INFO ON WHITE BIKE RIDE OUT’ in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 29th March 2010.
BECOME A FAN OF NVA AND THE WHITE BIKE PLAN ON FACEBOOK
We have finally put up a facebook page for NVA and a sister page for the NVA White Bike Plan, this will allow an open forum for the public to let us know if they have used the bikes and post any images of them on the streets of Glasgow …
www.facebook.com/pages/NVA-White-Bike-Plan/306451498536 For further info on NVA’s White Bike plan visit: www.nva.org.uk
For further info on Glasgow International Visual Art Festival 2010 visit: www.glasgowinternational.org
Photo: Cor Jaring
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