|Bata-ville • Travel Agency|
Bata-ville's Early Development • Travel Agency
In response to a commission from Arts Generate, Nina Pope launched the Bata-ville Travel Agency on 23rd November 2003, within the former East Tilbury Bata factory. Staffed by Nina, the Bata-ville Travel Agency opened regularly on Fridays and Saturdays running up to Christmas. Carefully detailed to create a filmic intervention within the old factory building (now largely re-purposed as cheap office space or derelict), the Travel Agency provided an evocative first point of contact between the artist and the local community. Visitors came to to contribute their own archives of photos and memorabilia to the installation and to browse the Zlín-related films and materials on offer. The Agency also offered a chance to apply for a place on the Bata-ville coach trip via a widely-distributed application form.