The Hook-up Truck, a mobile art exhibit that facilitates sexual trysts for strangers

Hook-up Truck

Need a place to “make out” in a hurry (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)?

Conceptual artist Spy Emerson of San Francisco has got your back.

Emerson conceived of a unique way to explore the rise in popularity of geo-social dating/hookup apps like Grindr and Tinder with her Hook-up Truck. The truck is her latest art exhibit and is described as “a car service, like a mobile hotel room, available for short term rentals accommodating intimate relations.” In essence, she’s providing a safe and private place for strangers to have a safe sex adventure.

What appears to be a common delivery box-truck from the outside covered in graffiti and urban camouflage, conceals inside, behind a fake wall of boxes, a private room empty of furniture, but lovely with hand painted wallpaper, sconces and mirrors. The room will also have cameras installed, in case the couple wants to record their encounter.

Along with editing the video footage, I will photograph and interview the participants to display in exhibition along with the truck itself. Explicit sex will not be the focus of the images, but instead, the transitions from strangers to lovers, and strangers again.

Spy Emerson

Spy Emerson

Emerson, who is also behind Dystopic Horizons Realty, says the Hook-up Truck will be on-call during specific times in San Francisco and is available to hire for “festivals, weddings or holiday parties.”

photos by Greg Earl