Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I have been preparing (writing) for a talk at UCT which I will be giving on Saturday at a colloquim on Performance Art, called Pre-Post-Per-Form - its a bit of a tongue twister. It is hosted by the Gipca (Gordon Institute for performing and Creative Arts). The title of my talk is Mapping Shifting Fields: Exploring the modes and tools of critical analysis for interdisciplinary and performance art. Some of my focus will be on the work of Lerato Shadi, which I have written about recently but I also discuss a host of other artists who use performance or performative aspects in their art.

Here is the press blurb/whatsit:

GORDON INSTITUTE FOR PERFORMING AND CREATIVE ARTS at the University of Cape Town presents: Pre-Post-Per-form A COLLOQUIUM 20-22 FEBRUARY, HIDDINGH HALL, UCT's Hiddingh Campus. Africa Panels, lectures, viewings, discussions, performances and exhibitions.

Sandwiched between the public art festival Infecting the City and Design Indaba, this colloquium on interdisciplinary performance and performance art is a talk/think/do tank of artists, academics, festival directors and curators, journalists and writers.

Conceptualized and convened by Jay Pather, this meeting ground between interdisciplinarity and performance, institution and anarchy, academy and street, brings together international luminaries such as the iconic Mexican American performance artist, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Trevor Davies, director of the Metropolis Biennale, writer and artist Sue Williamson, curator Melissa Mboweni, award winning architect/visual artist Doung-Anwar Jahangeer, veteran archivist of performance and journalist, Adrienne Sichel and performance diva Mwenya Kabwe.

Gómez-Peña will perform his biographical Multiple Journeys as Keynote Address. Academics Virginia MacKenny and Sarah Nuttal amongst others come together with upstart artists Athi Patra Ruga, Mlu Zondi (Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner), Aja Marneweck and Mamela Nyamza.

Investigating the act of recording the ephemeral moment of performance will be art commentators Sean O’Toole, Mary Corrigall and photographer, John Hodgkiss. Tanner Methvin of Africa Centre, (producer of Pan African Space Station, Spier Contemporary and Infecting the City) will speak on a panel ‘Soliciting and programming anarchy’ with festival and theatre directors and curators, Mboweni, Davies and Lara Foot Newton.

UCT Faculty, Mandla Mbothwe, Fritha Langerman, Jay Pather and Svea Josephy were all awarded GIPCA grants to develop interdisciplinary collaborations over the last year and they will contribute audio visual presentations of their work together with the collaborators that they worked who emerge from disciplines ranging from architecture to science.

Heading the investigations into inter-disciplinarity and curriculum will be Kathryn Smith (Visual Arts) and Gerard Samuel (Dance).There will be performances by Gómez-Peña (the acclaimed solo performance, Strange Democracy), Mandla Mbothwe, Mamela Nyamza, Athi Patra Ruga, Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, Robert Jeffery and exhibition walkabouts by Fritha Langerman, Svea Josephy; Jonah Sack; Roger van Wyk (Dada South?) and Sophie Perryer (Steven Cohen at Michael Stevenson Gallery).

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