Arles Mahjouba Prototype

The Arles Mahjouba Prototype project explores alternative transportation systems with a local flair and large-scale impact.

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Can we combine local Arlesian skills and industry know-how to create a local car production?

Arles Mahjouba Prototype, May 2017. © Alexandre Humbert

atelier Luma invited artist Eric van Hove to imagine, in the context of Arles, a prototype based on his Morocco-based Mahjouba Initiative: a reinvented, decentralized, and relational production model for manufacturing electric mopeds, made by craftsmen and 3D printers, for the local Moroccan consumer good market. The Arles Mahjouba prototype uses the chassis of the Renault Twizy as a base. The Twizy is not only a sturdy and well-known French electric vehicle, but recently became a POM (Platform Open Mind) open-source product, available to everyone and enabling the co-creation of new, fully customizable electric vehicles.

The project maps Arlesian innovations in transportation and distribution and seeks to enhance them in multiple ways. Bringing together local capacities and craftsmanship, it aims to create a locally flavoured transportation alternative. Using open-source thinking and a digital layer, the goal is to come up with a modular transportation solution that can be used by the public sector in Arles and beyond.

Project team

  • Eric Van Hove

    Artist, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Mustapha Jaoual

    Artisan, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Mustapha El Moufdi

    Artisan, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Mohamed Ouahaddou

    Artisan, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Medhi Ghinati

    Artisan, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Abdelkadere 'Dragon' Hmidouch

    Artisan, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Abdelaali Arib

    Artisan, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Abdelghaphour Boutkrout

    Artisan, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Khalid El Markou

    Administrator, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Samya Abid

    Director, Atelier Eric van Hove

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Mathieu Menard

    Metalworker, Archeomed

    Arles, France

  • Damien Monteux

    Founder, Taco & Co

    Arles, France

  • Damien Vieri

    Director, GDE Recuperation Metaux

    Arles, France

  • Marc-Antoine Souchet

    Lycée Pasquet

    Arles, France

  • Gilles Dorignac

    Director of Studies, Lycée Pasquet

    Arles, France

  • Virgile Cazals

    Saddler artisan

    Aigues-Mortes, France

  • Elsa Lenthal

    Lavender fuseaux artisan

    Baux-de-Provence, France

  • Daniel Benibghi

    Basketmaker, Vannerie l'Oseraie

    Vallabrègues, France

  • Nath & Nico

    Choppersteel

    Arles, France

  • Frédéric Thibert

    Director, Axone Industries

    Arles, France

  • Céline Thibert

    Preparator, Axone Industries

    Arles, France

  • Jean-Luc Savignac

    Head of workshop, Axone Industries

    Arles, France

  • Fabien Barrero

    Axone Industries

    Arles, France

  • Charles Manoukian

    Axone Industries

    Arles, France

  • Djamel Ghali

    Axone Industries

    Arles, France

  • Cornel Niculae

    Axone Industries

    Arles, France

  • Gregory Schneider

    Dip Design 13

    Arles, France

  • Sylvain Arrighi

    Sound designer

    Arles, France

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