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Mobile Salons

The Haircut Before the Party (THBTP)


The radical hairdresser collective are taking up a “line of flight” across Europe through political and economical crisis, to discover the meanings of revolution today.

Throughout 2012/2013 they are looking to set up temporary salon structures that act as meeting places, sites of exchange and social environments in which the barber’s chair acts as a pedagogical tool, where conversation is nurtured, teased out or performed in social space. People are invited to receive haircuts for free and discuss political issues in a space that encourages immediate solidarities and trust.

The salons take three forms:
Bike Based Salon: a temporary structure unfolding from the back of two bikes. This salon creates space for two people to have a haircut plus the salon’s mobile library from which collective readings can be facilitated.

The Kiosk: THBTP have designs for constructivist inspired kiosks that can be made from simple, universal and recycled materials by the host venue or by the artists.

The Shop Front Salon: for longer term events THBTP have transformed shop front spaces into free hair salons and places of social exchange.

The Haircut Before The Party was originally commissioned by Artsadmin for Two Degrees 2011.

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Date Title Venue City
29 August 2014 The Haircut Before The Party | Mobile Salon V&A Museum London
21–27 September 2012 Mobile Salon Tuth is Concrete Graz
13–14 July 2012 Mobile Salon Latitude Festival Southwold
25 May 2012 Mobile Salon Mayfest Bristol
20 May 2012 Mobile Salon JVA at Jerwood Space London
20–21 April 2012 Mobile Salon Motel Mozique Rotterdam
31 March – 1 April 2012 Mobile Salon The Garage Birmingham