Soul Defender seeks to provoke urgent issues facing our souls, rather than economics or fads. It’s a mobile artwork, performance stage and catalyst for thought.
Watch out – this is a military grade defence system driven by love. And it feels good too, with classic soul music pumping, bubbles popping, ecofetti flying, and unifying events for 2 to 200 year-olds. The truck’s emissions are offset through Greenfleet. It uses solar panels, pollution filters and transfers excess power into electricity for soul music and messages to protect our future. Feel free to tag #SoulDefender when you capture the truck on one of its many missions.
Many thanks to the talented collaborators to date:
- City Renewal Authority, specifically the levy payers of the CBD who funded this project through CITY GRANTS
- David Caffery from Dionysus – Head of Operations Command
- Geoff Farquhar-Still, Antony and the Artillion crew – Division of Metallurgy
- William McClure from Impasse – Chief Provocateur
- Geoff Filmer from Graffik Paint and Yanni Pounartzis from Sweet Potato – The Colour Coders
- Alison Plevey from Australian Dance Party – Division of Strategic Movement
- Justin James from Dynamic Audio – Audio Artillery
- Mark Mallet from Capital City Soul DJs – Rhythm Division
- Michael Liu from Dionysus – Division of Propaganda
- Mitch Bush – Division of Power
”If you scratch the surface of this city what you will find is a soul both waiting to be born and under attack. What does it consist of, this stringing together of moments that makes up its substance? Who or what are its enemies? At the border zone between the living and the dead the soul defender carries out its mission, its appearance as startling as a flame leaping up in a dark room, lurid flares that give light to the soul’s material. The Soul Defender’s mission is political, ethical, environmental and artistic – it travels in the middle ground where the mind strikes the world, a rainbow’s edge where beauty comes into being, where surfaces mingle and provide access to a space where art and life coexist, a striking of pure otherness creating something sublime…” – William McClure (Chief Provocateur).