‘Life on The Road’ is new exhibition at the London College of Communication (LCC) featuring work by photographers Tom Hunter and Dave Fawcett, and filmmaker Andrew Gaston made in partnership with the LCC and Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) project as part of Green Week, 2014.
The exhibition documents a remarkable moment in time back in the 1990's when young people travelled around Europe in a variety of vehicles adapted as homes. Travelling in decommissioned buses and vans, these new explorers constructed a vision of a kind of utopia. From Hunter’s documentary of everyday life on the road, to Fawcett’s meticulous record of traveller buses, and Gaston’s elegiac footage of parties, the exhibition, is both celebration and memorial.
Tom Hunter’s series, ‘Le Crowbar’ consists of over a hundred images, scanned
and colour worked by Metro, depicting his story of that journey which started in 1995. It paints a vivid picture of friends, exploring new horizons and ways of living on the road, before and after the introduction of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. He set off from a squatted street in Hackney with a group of friends in an old double decker bus, loaded with muesli, Sosmix, baby-foot table and a sound system. Fuelled by selling egg butties, veggie burgers and beer, their journey took them through folk festivals in France, teknivals in Czech Republic, hippie gatherings in Austria and beach parties in Spain. Le Crowbar Café became an oasis for a nomadic party community hungry for all night food and a break from hardcore techno. Tom has produced a book ‘Le Crowbar’ which is now available.
The exhibition also features Dave Fawcett’s unique photographic archive of converted buses and trucks which formed the basis for his ‘Traveller Homes’ website. Tom Hunter and Robin Silas Christian’s have produced a short film about Dave Fawcett
Andrew Gaston is a video artist who used customised CCTV equipment to document a figure ‘8’ journey to Europe, and various free parties between 1994-1997. ‘The Apollo Tapes’ records the energy and the times of a journey that was often intertwined with ‘Crowbar’.