VANSA is pleased to announce the first stage of the project, Revolution Room,undertaken in collaboration with the DRC-based collective, Picha, together with a wide network of local and international partners, and supported by Pro Helvetia, the Goethe-Institut and the Arts Collaboratory.
The Revolution Room project seeks to explore new ways in which museums as public institutions can project themselves more forcefully into the public realm, through interventions in ‘common space’ developed out of complex collaborations between artists, citizens and museum professionals. The project will involve museum professionals working with artists and local partners/collaborators in developing projects in Cosmo City, a post-apartheid urban settlement in the north-west of Johannesburg.
The project will also seek to forge institutional linkages, collaborations, and a community of practice between South African, African and European institutions and organisations, borne out of the practical experience of developing a shared project.
The project builds on VANSA’s work in the area of public practice over the last few years through projects such as Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town, and our involvement and consultation with various public and private sector organisations. We anticipate a project that is both topical and responsive as well as a true collaboration between the various publics, the creative sector and institutions through public intervention, education, experimentation and innovation. The project also forms part of a long term experiment in network development and collaboration on the continent, the Pan African Network for Independent Contemporaneity (PANIC), which VANSA is developing together with Picha, an organisation based in the DRC which is responsible for the Lubumbashi Biennale.
VANSA will also be partnering with Microsillons (Switzerland), Picha (DRC), The New Patrons Project (Germany) and The Centre for Art and Urbanistics (Germany), together with a number of heritage institutions based in Johannesburg and Gauteng, including the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Hector Peterson Museum, WITS Art Museum and Museum Africa.
The project launches with a workshop that will bring together our partners in developing a community of practice, sharing experiences, methods and context, while putting together a strategy and methodology for the future realisation of public projects within Cosmo City, and elsewhere. The workshop includes two open public colloquium sessions, to enable a wider audience of creative practitioners, students and interested parties to engage with and interrogate the logic of the project.
Revolution Room will also involve an intensive mapping of Cosmo City, working with young architecture and planning students and local youth This mapping will also involve engagement with residents of Cosmo City in developing a conceptual and experiential map of the locality, and the identification of local networks, structures and individuals with which the project mighty engage in particular locations in Cosmo City.
We have also gone live with a new website for more information on the various partners, the project and a full programme of the colloquium. The website is designed to grow as a resource for the public and the creative industry as well as a project diary.
Please click here: www.revolutionroom.co.za
In early February this year, VANSA travelled to Lubumbashi (DRC) for the second phase of the Revolution Room project. Similar to last year's project development workshop in Cosmo City, west of Johannesburg, this included public fora that directly informed the strategy of the project and a series of workshops aimed at formulating a methodology for public practice within this area.
VANSA is pleased to announce the first stage of the project, Revolution Room, undertaken in collaboration with the DRC-based collective, Picha, together with a wide network of local and international partners, and supported by Pro Helvetia, the Goethe-Institut and the Arts Collaboratory.
VANSA and Picha, will be continuing the next stage of the Revolution Room project with an update of the website, the launch of our mini online publication for the Johannesburg iteration of Revolution Room as well as initiating further research and beginning with the commissioning of projects.
Please join us for the Revolution Room Book Launch and a public talk by Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Centre for Cities