Galleries of Contemporary Art
M12: The Black Hornet

Phil Pietrowski, "The Black Hornet", 2013

M12: The Black Hornet

August 29–October 12, 2013

M12 Collective


Events are free, but space is limited—register to secure your spot.

The M12 Collective is known for groundbreaking and award-winning creative projects uniting rural culture and identity with documentary installation and performance.

Since 2009, the M12 Collective has partnered with the Hall family racing team in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Together, they have created The Black Hornet, an artwork that simultaneously operates as a performance event, a community and culture building strategy, and a participatory art action. The work functions as a racecar at its most basic level, but more importantly it awakens discussions of how viewers might encounter cultural exchange outside the city.

This project mobilizes collective knowledge in the broader urban/rural sphere, and highlights M12's 'connective aesthetic' attitude and methodology - taking the art object past its basic level and insisting on its role to be one of a catalyst for cultural discourse-a discourse generated through participation and collective movement. Humble, and yet slightly subversive, the M12 dirt-track racecar has literally set the pace for new forms of cultural expression in rural space. The M12/Hall family collaboration reveals the importance of intergenerational knowledge, gives value to notions of rural family and community, and sustains cultural livelihood beyond the metropolis. The exhibition features the M12 Black Hornet racecars as well as documents and artifacts from the 4-year project.