GIPCA partners with the Africa Centre on a range of works (listed below) that embrace interdisciplinarity and engage with public spaces in compelling ways at this year’s Infecting The City Public Arts Festival. Infecting The City is presented by the Africa Centre from 10-15 March 2014.
UNCLES & ANGELS By: NELISIWE XABA AND MOCKE J VAN VEUREN 13 & 14 MARCH 18:20 (as part of Programme E) Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus
Uncles & Angels is an interactive dance and video collaboration between choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba and video artist Mocke J van Veuren. The central allusion is the Reed Dance – well known in Southern Africa as a colourful, cultural celebration that promotes respect for young women and preserves the custom of virginity before marriage. At the same time, the Reed Dance has been transformed into gyrating young female bodies used in election campaigns and as tourist attractions. In a merging of diverse skills, the artists present a compelling examination of the manipulation of cultural heritage. The piece not only questions what the Reed Dance has become, but also the curious relationship between young and outwardly innocent girls and the older, affluent and seemingly respected men that often dominate them.
URBAN RESTING PLACE By: UCT SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE 10-15 MARCH Pier Place
In ancient cities, it is the parks, steps, edges of monuments and fountains, benches and at cafes, where daily life is shaped through conversation. To simply rest, or gather by sitting, was often denied to communities in Cape Town during Apartheid. Contemporary Cape Town fairs no better. Students from the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture have designed beautiful Urban Resting Places for people to meet. Three Masters of Materials were invited to lead the students – weaving together youth and experience, social space and craft, to create poetry through architectural form.
Created by: Andre Rademeyer, Anna Richerby, Peter Neokorides and staff and students of First Year Design Studio
CUBICLE By: MICHAELIS SCHOOL OF FINE ART 13 MARCH (as part of Programme D) St George’s Mall
Cubicle is a mobile gallery offering artworks by students and alumni of the Michaelis School of Fine Art. The aim is to encourage everyday art collecting – it is not only an exhibition, but an underground market where everything is for sale at the same affordable price. The gallery will have a new location and a new show daily, staying open only until it is sold out. With the artworks’ details kept secret, will you be lucky enough to catch your favourite artist? Look out for the white cube, to be found around Cape Town’s CBD during the week of Infecting The City.
Curated by: Rose Mudge and Marion Sandwith; with Josephine Higgins, Curator of the Michaelis Galleries
FEED By: GRAEME LEES 13 & 14 MARCH 18:00 (as part of Programme E) UCT Hiddingh Campus, Orange St
Feed explores our creation of meaning. As a live performance and installation, audience members explore the music and micro FM broadcasts by moving around the performing musicians, who interactively combine live and electronic music. The work attempts to weld together a myriad of sounds and music from field recordings and news reports, to punk and free improvisation. In a feedback loop, these different sources of sound and perception mimic the age-old children’s game of broken telephone – highlighting the unavoidable entropy of a communication chain.
Performed by: Brydon Bolton (Double Bass), Garth Erasmus (Sax/Mbira), Sarah Evans (Viola/Violin), Robyn Lee Jepson (Sax/Clarinet), Niklas Zimmer (Drums/Electronics) and Graeme Lees (Guitar/Electronics)
Audience members must bring mobile phones and earphones to explore the local FM broadcasts during the performance.
EMERGING CLASSICS By: SOUTH AFRICAN COLLEGE OF MUSIC (SACM) 14 MARCH 14:10; 15 MARCH 12:10 (as part of Programme F) On route
How does Classical music integrate with an urban context?
Emerging Classics explores the apparent distance between Classical music and the average city dweller. A stream of live music meanders through a public space, merging with the sounds of the City. As listeners move to and fro, choosing their level of engagement with the work, an intimate performance comes in and out of focus.
Performed by: Tatiana Thaele (flute), Eben Meyer (guitar), Courtney Oliver (violin), Amy Crankshaw (French horn) and Jo Lanre Kunujji (Trumpet); co-ordinated by: Coila-Leah Enderstein