Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here

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Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here

Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here is a public art initiative committed to community engagement. It investigates participatory art in small ordinary ways, with 6 artists working in small towns, across the country. The project is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture.

More about the project:

This project encourages the development of public art from ‘ground up’, engaging with residential issues and working with communities that the artists already have a relationship with, to ensure local ownership of public art processes and works. This project explores wider ideas of public art where the artwork is determined by the space. The final stage of the project will see the artists’ work produced in accessible, interactive spaces. The intention of this is to develop new approaches and new audiences for public art.

The project includes a partnership with The Con Mag who will develop a creative and critical response to what it means to live in a democratic South Africa. The collaboration with The Con ensures a broader discussion around ways in which democracy is practiced in local contexts - researching the nature and principals of the project, interrogating the process and approach through narratives and speaking beyond the project. The online mag has featured articles about the artists’ progress thus far. http://bit.ly/1ShrquV

More about the artists:
Four projects are part of the programme with 2 main projects and 2 smaller-scale research projects. These projects include:

MAIN PROJECTS

Buntu Fihla’s work stems from an interest in graphic design, photography and mainly graffiti and is aimed at social commentary and community participation. Buntu’s project for 2014 Ways is based in Phakamisa.

Sylvester Mqeku is based in Bloemfontein. Sylvester’s project focuses on the history of Bloemfontein with a focus on Arts Education (especially for learners that may not have the advantage of extra curricular activities in schools.) and poetry. He is working with an existing network of poets from Bloemfontein in order to enhance art disciplines and develop and promote emerging artists.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

The Keleketla Library project is a collaboration between Rangoato Hlasane, Malose Malahlela, Phandeane Liphosa, Lisolomzi Pikoli and Nolan Dennis. Keleketla library is an inter-disciplinary, independent library and media arts project. The artists have been working with the Molepo Dinaka/Kiba dance festival in Ga-Molepo, near Polokwane to integrate a contemporary visual art practice into the predominantly performance festival.

BL’art’ Projects is made up of Banele Njadayi and Bamanye Ngxali. Both self- instructed artists based in Port Elizabeth, they are working with young people from Walmer township, exploring issues around the Red Location Museum, what it means for the community and what it could mean for local artists.

5 Critical Friends have been appointed to support the artists in the conceptual development and their methodology for the project. The Critical Friends have completed 2 site visits at this point, serving as a sounding board and reflective aid to the artists.

The project is in its final stage and will be completed in December 2015/January 2016.

Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here has been funded by the Department of Arts and Culture.

 

For more information on Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here you can contact Gcobisa Ndzimande on gcobisa@vansa.co.za

 

2015-04-23

PROJECT UPDATE: Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here

The Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here encourages the development of public art ‘from the ground up’, engaging with residential issues and working with communities to ensure local ownership of public art processes and works. With a focus on secondary and small towns, Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways seeks to develop new approaches and new audiences for public art.

2014-04-29

WORKSHOPS: Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here

Don't forget about our briefing workshops for the Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here, during the month of May.

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