Three upcoming projects at GoetheonMainGoethe-Institut Subsahara-Africa
In May and June, GoetheonMain, the Goethe-Institut's interdisciplinary project-space, presents Athena Mazarakis, Vaughn Sadie and Eduardo Cachucho.
Athena Mazarakis: Standing By
3 – 6 May 2012
Standing By is an immersive performance experience choreographed and performed by award-winning choreographer Athena Mazarakis. Weaving together a series of performed vignettes, within an interactive performance installation, Standing By delves into the loaded issue of gender violence in the South African context with a specific focus on the ‘corrective rape’ of lesbians. Through the use of text, interactive multi-media elements, an evocative gestural language and stop-frame animation, Standing By questions whether we are simply standing by while gender-based violations occur all around us or whether we are on stand-by, ready to respond, to act. It asks whether we are in fact capable of response, whether we are response-able?
Standing By emerged as a short work originally commissioned by Rhodes University’s Dean of Students Division for Human Rights Week 2011. The residency at GoetheonMain facilitates the development of Standing By into a full-length site-specific work that seeks to offer its audience a visceral engagement with the issues it probes.
The performances will take place on Thursday 3 May: 19h00, Friday 4 May: 19h00, Saturday 5 May: 19h00, Sunday 6 May: 15h30. Admission: free.
Vaughn Sadie: Streetlights
25 May – 03 June 2012, opening 24 May, 18:30
Vaughn Sadie’s project Streetlights explores the city of Johannesburg through its lighting strategies. The project examines the role artificial light plays in shaping and defining the way people either move through, or occupy, these public spaces. The project focuses on the larger area around GoetheonMain and is an attempt by artist Vaughn Sadie to understand the relationships people in the area (residents, security guards, store/ shop owners, pedestrians) might have formed with these various spaces. The Streetlights project consists of various components, which will be presented at GoetheonMain. The project was developed to bring about an alternative way of perceiving and engaging with the city of Johannesburg.
Eduardo Cachucho: Looking Glass - Johannesburg 2012 and 1886-1896
8 June – 1 July 2012, Opening 7 June 2012, 18:30
Looking Glass is a two part project composed of a performative work and an installation. It puts in relation the current reality of Johannesburg’s urban space with the historical events that led to its creation over 125 years ago.
Looking Glass has its starting point in the early years of Johannesburg, 1886-1896, and it delves into it to represent and re-frame the factual, mythical and sometimes conspiratorial first decade of the city’s establishment and consecutive explosive growth. In parallel to that, contemporary Johannesburg is examined through mirror-recordingdevices that capture reflected video footage of the city by way of performative walks. These sort of performances will take place with four invited professionals in the field of art, architecture, performance and urbanism.
Eduardo Cachucho is an architectural graduate from WITS University (2009). Having completed two years of architectural mentorship, he has moved into visual arts to better represent his views on urban space, history and technology.
GoetheonMain is the Goethe-Institut's interdisciplinary project space at Arts on Main. Once a year, an open call pro application is sent out and up and coming artista are invited to propose projects. A jury of art professionals will then decide which projects will be realised at GoetheonMain. The next deadline for the open call will be 1. August 2012 for the year 2013.
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