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6 April 2011 No comments

Collectively Restless

Travel & Adventure Cycling
Collectively Restless

Early Spring from Restless Collective on Vimeo.

Neither Alan Winslow nor Morrigan McCarthy would have described themselves as "big riders" when they set off on their 11 month cycling tour around the United States in September 2008. Motivated more by the photographic and narrative possibilities such a trip might hold, the first time they even took their bikes out with full kit happened also to be the morning on which they set off. Of the 25000 photos they took, and countless hours of audio footage they recorded along the way, 23 images and a handful of short interviews were moulded into a travelling gallery exhibition called "Tandem". The purpose of the show was to capture ordinary rural Americans sharing their concerns about local, national, and global environmental issues. Putting down a thousand heavily loaded miles per month without home comforts would appear not to have had any negative effect on their attitudes to touring because these dormant road warriors are hitting the trail again this month. And all going well, they'll be back some time late in 2014. "The Geography Of Youth" is the name they have given their new project. Starting in Alaska, they plan to cycle a leisurely 30000 miles around the globe, talking to random young-ish people they meet in the process. This time they wish to establish any central, shared themes running through those lives lived by a generation born around the late Eighties. Reckoning with three and a half years for completion, their intention is to post text, film and photographic material on their site as they go. A project like this would clearly be impossible to undertake successfully without recourse to the kindness of strangers, as Morrigan and Alan found out on their Tandem tour. And not just in terms of locating spare parts in the desert, or finding shelter. These things also cost money. To this end there's a section on their site where people can donate something towards the cost of the odd hot breakfast or spare tube. It's a gift that will keep on giving for the next three and a half years. Which is a large number of consecutive days drying yourself after a shower with something more suited to the blowing of a nose, we're sure you'll agree. So as an alternative to cash, we are reliably informed that they'd be equally happy if somebody somewhere soon would be so kind as to invent a magic giant fluffy beach towel that weighs 2 ounces when waterlogged, and fits in a matchbox. Your decision.