A Secret Night Market of Art Is Going on a Cross Country Tour

Lost Horizon Night Market (photo by Thom Carroll)
Lost Horizon Night Market (photo by Thom Carroll)

Ephemeral and secretive, the Lost Horizon Night Market (LHNM) started in 2009, appearing periodically late in the night of New York and then spreading to San Francisco. Art and participatory projects are installed in rented box trucks, there is no advertisement, and invitations are word-of-mouth.

Through a new initiative called Everyhere Logistics, 12 trucks are going on the road for the month of August, where over five weekends they’ll visit seven cities across the United States, to both collaborate with current Night Markets and help launch new branches. Everyhere Logistics is funding on Kickstarter to support its over 30 member team, with half the artists traveling from New York and the other half from San Francisco.

OuterBody Labs at the Lost Horizon Night Market (photo by Charles Villyard)
OuterBody Labs at the Lost Horizon Night Market (photo by Charles Villyard) (click to enlarge)

“The ideas that I’m interested in exploring don’t fit well into spaces,” Mark Krawczuk, who is co-leading the project with Kasey Smith, told Hyperallergic. “I’m interested in conversation, communities, and creating complex environments and problems that people learn through. Making a place is the easiest way to do that.”

LHNM evolved from Krawczuk’s Lost Horizon Noodle Truck started in 2008. “The LHNM was based on the idea that trucks were readily available and relatively cheap places you can get access to in urban environments, and that people could work separately, but then bring them together all at once,” Krawczuk explained. The Noodle Truck communal kitchen will be joined in August by such mobile experiences as the Seance Truck, Honey Tea Truck, Outerbody Brain Virus Scanning Center, and Smash Truck. That last truck will be offering destruction opportunities at a May 29 fundraiser at Flux Factory, which is also providing fiscal sponsorship.

“I think that between the overwhelmingly competitive coastal hubs and the economically depressed ‘fly-over’ states, placemaking is more important now than ever,” said Jonah Levy, whose EhL Travel Agency will be touring in a truck and engaging visitors in travel in their own city and beyond. “Artists are finding themselves pushed out of affordable housing, studios, and the exhaustively commercial contemporary art industry.”

He cited other Everyhere Logistics collaborators like Dirby Luongo who worked on the Night Heron water tower speakeasy in Manhattan, Jaclyn Atkinson who is involved in the Battle for Mau Mau Island where DIY boats compete at one of Brooklyn’s less glamorous beaches, and others involved in Figment, House of Yes, Maker Faire, and All World’s Fair as having sought out forgotten edges of their cities as opportunities for creativity.

Philadelphia is already looking for trucks for its August Night Market, although the rest of the route is secret. As the Kickstarter page proclaims: “The best way to find out about Night Market is by participating and running your own truck!” Or by serendipitously stumbling upon it in the night.

Lost Horizon Night Market at a daytime collaboration with SFMOMA in San Francisco (photo by Charles Villyard)
Lost Horizon Night Market at a daytime collaboration with SFMOMA in San Francisco (photo by Charles Villyard)

Everyhere Logistics: Exploring America’s Creative Diaspora is funding on Kickstarter through June 30.

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