UJ Public Lecturer - 'Ground Level'

Tanja Deman & Lorenzo Nassimbeni

LEVEL GROUND - Tanja Deman & Lorenzo Nassimbeni
University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Auditorium
Date: Friday 25 October 2013
Doors open at 11:30, lecture starts at 12.00, until 13.00.

Level Ground
Tanja Deman, visual artist and Lorenzo Nassimbeni, architect present the 2nd of a series of lectures observing the city from a viewpoint located in the space shared by the disciplines of visual art and architecture. Tanja and Lorenzo seek in their research to understand the relationship between the natural environment and the man-made environment.

The lecture ‘Level Ground’ discusses the notion of architecture in relation to terrain. It presents a form of site analysis, investigating the vertical plane of the landscape and built environment, identifying various strata according to their position or level relative to the surface of the earth. From buildings submerged in the earth, to those which gently address the fall of the land, the lecture displays and questions the spectrum of physical building-landscape relationships.

The various landscape levels identified, namely ’surface’, ‘below surface’, ‘link between surface and underground’ and ‘underground’ represent realms which bear relevance to the work of Tanja and Lorenzo in their respective practices. The intention of the lecture is to add a layer of interpretation to these levels, revealing them as platforms which are the foundation for new knowledge.




Tanja Deman is a visual artist from Croatia. She works with photography, video and light installation. In recent years, her work has been exhibited in a large number of exhibitions including, the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; Kunstmuseum Bonn; The Central House of Artists (CHA), Moscow; Unseen Amsterdam; TENT, Rotterdam; La Bellevilloise, Paris; Museo Revoltella, Trieste; Frieze Art Fair, London; and International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has also screened her work at numerous video and film festivals, including Videonale 14; 29th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival; Vidoex Zurich, and Video Dumbo at Eybeam, New York City.
Her new series of work “Unearthing Abundance” created during the NIROX residency will be presented in a solo exhibition in NIROX projects in May 2014.

Lorenzo Nassimbeni is a South African architect based in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He works in the medium of drawing, mural work and surface design. Noteworthy group exhibitions featuring his work would include the 54th Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italiano nel Mondo, Arsenale (2011), 10th Triennial for Form and Content 2011 - Materials Revisited, Museum for Applied Arts, Frankfurt (2011), Trienalle di Milano, L'architettura del mondo. Infrastrutture, città e paesaggi nel mondo contemporaneo (2012), Drawing on Origins, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg (2012) and most recently, DesignEx, Melbourne (2013). As an independent applied artist he has exhibited his work at the Design Indaba Expo, Cape Town, South Africa between the years of 2008 and 2013. Most recently, Lorenzo was selected to participate in a group exhibition entitled, ‘The Shining Girls’ inspired by the novel of the same name by South African writer Lauren Beukes.

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