Car Love Meets Climate Change: My Last Car is part exhibition, part live performance and part community celebration.
The project started out as a unique collaboration between 509 Arts, Warwick Arts Centre, Pioneer Projects in Bentham North Yorkshire and the Ryedale Folk Museum, also in North Yorkshire. In 2011 and 2012 My Last Car had encounters with academic and rural communities, young people in schools, climate scientists, museum visitors, environmentalists, farming communities and small local businesses.
Over 18 months and three venues, the project team interrogated the meaning of car in modern society, how we have lived with it and how we can change the ways we live with it in the future.
My Last Car creatively examines the fundamental influences the motor car has had on people’s lives and the implications for sustainability. At the heart of the experience sits a car that has had its inner mechanical secret self removed. All the gubbins that make up the engine and its associated stuff has been given a new life as gallery objects, both real and digital. The beauty of the car’s secret interior is revealed and woven into the many stories that the motor car has given us. My Last Car has many layers of meaning and resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, making it the perfect vehicle for the creative exploration of one of society’s greatest challenges.