Performance Code Workshop – Open Call
Workshop dates: 5 and 6 September 2019, Johannesburg
Artistic practices within the context of the South African art sphere have accelerated within the approaches of art-making through using sculpture, painting, printmaking etc. These artistic processes are prioritised or rather have currency and remain static due to a commercial taste of a large South African public and beyond. However, other forms of practices such as performance, technology and AI still remain in the margins within academic art institutions, galleries etc. This has led to a lack of the dematerialisation of an art object, which in one way or another favours certain practices over others. While this remains a subjective position by institutions and audiences alike, the general tastes of the South African public appear to be dictated by institutional framing, as opposed to artists acting as agents to enculturate an audience towards new insights of art-making and the question of the idea of art.
The Performance Code workshop considers the above position as a starting point and invites artists –professional, amateur and hobbyists – to exchange, converse and collaborate on a workshop that considers performance as a practical tool towards reflecting on art-making practices. This workshop uses technological apparatuses and vistas to reflect and expand art-making methods, whiles considering Afro-centric knowledge system and viewpoints of inserting, intervening, sampling, repairing open source methods, which are largely open and yet exclusionary.