Kayak Libre provides a temporary experimental infrastructure in the form of a kayak taxi service along the waterways. The fare is a conversation.


The Kayak Libre water taxi is an artistic vehicle to explore the ideas of progress and belonging. Specifically, it examines an idea of progress rooted in speed, efficiency and connectivity, and how it relates to human desires for autonomy, mobility and community. It is a slow, contemplative vehicle that allows close observation of and connection with the rapidly changing physical environment of the area.

The interactive map features location-tagged excerpts from the conversations aboard the vessel: we collected radical visions 1. for utilising the rare slice of public space that the waterways provide, 2. for desireable futures of mobility. We welcome proposals from user groups to upload their own data and link it to the map in order to join the conversation about design of a sustainable and progressive future.


concept ... Manu Luksch
project assistance ... Rachel Hill
project website built by Pete Ashton, powered by WordPress and Cloudmade
kayak cover design ... Susanne Morthorst Staal
production assistance ... Mukul Patel


for the Hackney Wick and Fish Island area, London

Kayak Libre is one of 6 temporary art projects commissioned by
London Thames Gateway Delivery Corporation for London Borough of
Hackney (LBH) and London Borough of Tower hamlets (LBTH). The 6
temporary commissions are curated by muf architecture/art.

for Digbeth area, Birmingham

a Grand Union and FIERCE commission, suported by Austrian Cultural Forum London, The Bond Company, and VIVID