During our trip we slowly discovered the musical potential of bicycles. We started to put our bikes on the stage and playing on them during our concerts. We gradually also had more and more ideas of music instruments, using bicycle parts as the main material. However, with us always on the move and neither time on our hands , nor the tools or the space to put these ideas into reality, we just continued to make sketches and write down our ideas.
But in Iran we finally got the opportunity to work on this project for a extended time period. The Rah residency program kindly supported us with a place to stay and organizing several events. Also we met Sadra and his bicycle activist group Bazcharkh, whose studio is at the same time a bicycle workshop, where he repairs people’s bikes for free on every tuesday. When he heard about our project he was instantly interested, and we started a fruitful cooperation.
He and his neighbours were helping us a lot, with all the tools, ideas, food and helping hands. In the end we organized a big fest in the park where the studios are situated. It was an exhibition of our musical instruments, but there was also a little jam and people where invited to play on the instruments. Also Sadra built a blender that was powered by a bicycle, so people could make their own fruit juices on the spot! It was a really fun event, with cyclists, children and artists coming alike. And we are very happy to be given this opportunity and about all the support we received during our time in Tehran.