Official Release: MINI USA today launched the new “Created in a Countryman” creative campaign to help showcase the spacious and versatile cargo space of the 2019 MINI Countryman. To do so in a unique and innovative way, MINI USA tapped stop-motion animator Kirsten Lepore of “hi stranger” fame and diorama-duo Nix + Gerber to create short films in the cargo space of the biggest, most adventurous MINI ever built.

Created in a Countryman
Created in a Countryman

Conceived in partnership with MINI USA’s digital advertising agency 360i, the “Created in a Countryman” campaign demonstrates the surprising large amount of cargo space available in the MINI Countryman, which was completely redesigned and reengineered in 2017. The MINI Countryman features sliding and folding rear seats and an adjustable trunk floor, offering 17.6 cubic feet cargo space with the rear seat in use, and 46.7 cubic feet when folded flat.

“This campaign intends to demonstrate how the MINI Countryman offers the space and versatility to handle even the biggest adventures,” said Patrick McKenna, Department Head, MINI Brand Communications. “The quality and creativity of the concepts conceived by these talented artists also align well with MINI’s design philosophy around the creative use of space, and our support of art and culture.”

“Camping” – Nix + Gerber’s campsite dioramas were shaped using various types of foam, wire, flock, dirt and rocks, while characters like the miniature astronauts were sculpted with a bake-able polymer clay that took three full days to set and dry.

“Underwater” – Kirsten Lepore’s aquatic adventure was designed using 20 sheets of high-grade paper reinforced with everything from toothpicks and skewers to large wooden dowels, while an overlay of plexiglass gave the ocean a shimmering quality throughout the 672 hand-placed frames required to create the film.

Each of the intricate, labor-intensive executions took about three days to craft and film, and utilized unique approaches to tactile, hand-crafted works of art intended to be displayed through multiple digital channels.

A special screening of “Camping” by Nix + Gerber occurs on Monday, September 17th at the BAM Rose Cinema at the Brooklyn Academy of Art. “Underwater”, by Kirsten Lepore will screen shortly thereafter and will be featured at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles from October 24 – 28.