SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.
The vehicle's premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.
On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.
SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Liverpool 2013. AND Festival opening - Thursday 3 October, 6.30pm, Ropewalks Square, Liverpool, The Future of Transport - talk by Los Ferronautas, Saturday 5 October, 4-5pm, AND Festival Hub, Liverpool
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