Therapy Taxi, 1996-97

Therapy Taxi (1996–97) provides a regular taxi service in a modified Volkswagen Space Wagon model 1996. Upon the invitation of an art institution or gallery, the taxi service typically establishes two stations—one directly outside the art space and one in the city. It is also possible to call and order the car directly, so that people may take the taxi to travel wherever they would like. The taxi is striped with mirrored foil, which reflects its surroundings. On entering the taxi, passengers must lie down on a red divan inside the car. Here, they can voice their personal problems and receive guidance from the driver, a trained psychoanalyst.

A core objective of the project is to create a flexible artwork—a moving mirror that reflects the city and its citizens on a macro scale. But it also offers a personal and intimate experience, as one leaves the public realm and steps into a private universe of psychological reflection.

 

 

Therapy Taxi
Outside Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Volkswagen Sharan 1996, mirror foil,
neon lights, divan, taximeter
Photo: David Brandt
Bigert & Bergström 1997

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Therapy Taxi
Interior with analysand on divan
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1997
Therapy Taxi
Outside Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Bigert & Bergström 1997
Therapy Taxi
On the ice during Interpol exhibition, Stockholm
Bigert & Bergström 1996
Therapy Taxi
Outside Galerie Ursula Walbröl, Düsseldorf
Bigert & Bergström 1997
Therapy Taxi
Stockholm drivers Johannes Albers,
Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström
Bigert & Bergström 1996
Therapy Taxi
Taxi reciept
Bigert & Bergström 1996

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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