This loose connection to my region made me choose this particular model, and so I emailed Josep and Jaume Aragall with a proposal to take part in an art project that I described as follows:
To film a local industrial legacy with current robotic means of production.
Josep and Jaume are cousins, sons of the company founders. Although they have no professional or amateur interest in mechanics and/or the automotive industry, they decided to invest in the family’s industrial legacy by acquiring and restoring MYMSA motorcycles. When MYMSA closed, the family was left without any motorbikes.
They accepted my proposal and so I got to visit the ‘small museum’ they run in the garage of a warehouse building in Santa Perpètua de la Moguda (Barcelona). This ‘museum’ works as a tiny factory distributed in three different spaces: a storage room for purchased motorbikes and other materials connects to a small restoration workshop with access to the actual exhibition space, where the motorbikes, once restored, are shown together with graphic material.
They lent me a motorbike and Joan, the one and only worker at the ‘museum’, brought it over to the film set at the Barcelona Fab-Lab. We signed a loan document and I paid an insurance fee that covered an item valued at €12,000 – a motorbike that was restored for exhibition purposes and does not run.