THE CARL WAGAN BOOKMOBILE is a traveling campervan of cosmic proportions. It is a gallery, printshop, studio, library, reading room, classroom, and community project—all contained within a 1988 VW Westfalia. CARL WAGAN promotes active engagement with book-based cultural activity such as self-publishing, zine-making, screen-printing, and bookbinding. Subtitled “The Spaceship of the Imagination,” CARL is partly a loving homage to the innovation of astronomer Carl Sagan whose passion for dreaming continues to inspire generations of thinkers. CARL WAGAN is an experiment in radical pedagogy—bringing the strategies, materials, ideas and dialogues of independent publishing to a wide variety of audiences.
CARL WAGAN is the project of artist Shannon Gerard and first developed as an extension of her Nano Publishing course at OCAD University.
Directors: Antonio Lennert + Symon Oliver
Writers: Shannon Gerard + Jason Shim
Producer: Shannon Gerard
Director of Photography: Symon Oliver
Editor: Antonio Lennert
Costume Designer: Shannon Gerard + Lisa MacDonald
Videographers: Antonio Lennert, Symon Oliver, Emma Novotny, Ryan Zee
Photographers: Antonio Lennert, Symon Oliver, Lisa MacDonald, Eunice Luk, Emma Novotny, Jordan Maddox
Production Assistants: Lisa MacDonald + Eunice Luk
Music Composers: Graham Nicholas (Acoustic Guitar) + Darryl McKenzie (Harmonica)
Shot in various locations in Toront and North Adams from May 2012 til January 2013.