Redhawk Logistica, UK / by Claire Farrell

Redhawk Logistica

All of Redhawk Logistica's work as an LPAP artist-in-residence has come about through the contributions of more than one person – starting with a process of research facilitated through the participation of others. The resulting artworks are credited under the corporate name of Redhawk Logistica - an arts entity set up by Rob Hewitt in 2008.

Redhawk Logistica began by facilitating a series of five ‘Collective Collages’ that explored various eras of car production at Longbridge which were created with different groups of local residents via workshops at Austin Sports & Social Club and Northfield Library. The designs and methods of advertising used to promote models such as the Princess and the Metro were researched in these sessions, creating images of free association from which people could read personal, social and political narratives via the cars themselves.

Redhawk Logistica mounted a series of temporary signs to public railings around Longbridge as part of their collaborative project with Hannah Hull offering businesses one-day sign-making services. These follow on from similar signs made and exhibited by Redhawk Logistica across the country over the past few years that critique political issues of place. These seemingly simple, text-based signs act as small interventions or interruptions into public spaces – perhaps making those that come across them think more closely about the identity of a place and the ways in which it might be navigated.

‘Goods In’ was a project conceived and made in collaboration with another of LPAP’s artists-in-residence, Luke Perry. Situated in exterior locations around Longbridge at the time of the Festival in 2014, ‘Goods In’ utilised twenty wooden car engine crates – perhaps, on first glance, a factory delivery held up by thirty years. Each crate, however, featured images or illuminated letters of the alphabet. As sculptural modular units, Redhawk Logistica and Perry were able to position the crates in multiple configurations to form provocative or reflective words or phrases connected to the political and social threads that run throughout Longbridge. The word ‘pioneer’ was spelt, for example, outside Greenlands Social Club, while crates spelling the words ‘a new power’ were positioned outside the new town centre Sainsburys. Stacked in a tower formation in the car park of Bournville College were the words ‘stop the clock’ – a reference not only to the 'golden' point in time that heritage projects often like to lock on to, but also to working hours and human labour, both past and present.

Redhawk Logistica delivers cultural solutions to civic space issues and contemporary urban phenomena. Much of our work takes the form of low-tech interventions which exist as subliminal influences within public spaces, highlighting the potential of the individual or the community. Previous work has included large-scale text installations.