Monday, 11 August 2014

“Impart” - Design School Southern Africa Opening TONIGHT 18 August at 6:30p.m.




a combined Student and Lecturer ‘design’ exhibition featuring top student work and lecturers’ work from fashion, interior design and graphic design departments.  

Opening talk by principal Greg Tregoning.

An education in design is no different than design itself. It should be well-planned, contemporary and, above all, creative. That’s our philosophy at The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA).

The Design School Southern Africa was founded in 1990 and grew to become one of the leading design education and training institutions in the country with a band new Campus opening in Durban in 2013. We pride ourselves on providing an inspirational learning environment whether it’s Fashion Design, Graphic Design or Interior Design.

This exhibition is a reflection of the top work done by our first and second level Durban students over the past year and a half as well as personal work by our lecturers. 

Exhibition closes on Saturday, 30 August at 2p.m.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Interface2012-14 is a dala project in partnership with the Goethe Institut South Africa




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Interface2012-14 is a dala project in partnership with the Goethe Institut South Africa, which engages with 7 international and 1 South African established artists to set up a process to develop a conceptual methodology, comprising of dialogues and long term objectives to explore alternative possibilities of planning for the future city of Durban and South Africa. Emerging out of dala’s CityWalk initiative, this is an unprecedented architectural / artistic intervention in Durban’s urban setting. This project forms part of an innovative process and is strategically positioned as a creative tool aimed at conscientising civil society and creatively engaging the urban. These initiatives are focused on an effort to unearth equitable socio-spatial solutions. Whilst developing alternative bottom-up ways of better understanding public spaces, Interface2012-14 will comprise of a diverse platform of presentations:


1)      venue : artSPACE durban  #Project Space
Project Space open - 28th July – 7th August


Exhibition
interface2012-14 exhibition opening – 2nd August 16:30 -18:00

Content : Artist process – video projections and text

Artists / Architects  list:

Bulgaria

Daria Tchapanova visual artist http://dat-art.net
Project title: Everything Must Shine For Me – story of a young boy, Bradlee Werdemam .
      
Brazil

Joacelio Batista (Film maker) http://vimeo.com/joaceliobatista in collaboration with Wayne Reiddar – South Africa (new media sound)
Project title: Counter _ Thureaut: one way

France

i)       Quatorze (Romain Minod + Nancy Ottaviano) architects – Paris http://quatorze14.org

ii)      14 students ENS Architecture Paris-Belleville - ARCHITECTURE URBANISME RECHERCHE

iii)     Accompanying lecturers: Beatrice Mariolle http://www.bresmariolle.fr and Virginie Picon-Lefebvre – Paris

iv)    Ex Nihilo Dance Companie – Marseilles http://www.exnihilodanse.com

Germany

Raumlabor (architects) – Berlin http://raumlabor.net
Project title: Rush Hour ­­– Acknowledging Everyday Practices: an observation of the informal pedestrian corridor between Umkhumbaan and Warwick Junction

Reunion Island

Annie Decupper (photographer) – Tampon http://www.imagedecupper.fr/AfduSud.html
Project title: l’espace creole : urban agriculture as a political tool for social cohesion in the ‘cite’

South Africa
Faith47 (visual artist) – http://www.faith47.com
“ People as infrastructure” Abdoul Maliq Simone. With this quote as a point of departure Faith47 explore the representation of a people place on three major support columns to the freeway.





Colloquium

Day one
4th August
Starts with a performance by exnihilo danse companie  at 18:30 @ artSPACE durban 

Opening address: Lien Heidenreich-Seleme 
Head of Cultural Programmes for Sub-Saharan Africa


Theme: Movement
The presenters in this session take as a starting point the observation of the rhythm of people in the city as a way to understand and highlight urban socio-spatial narratives.

Moderator: Prof Monique Marks
Urban Future Centre
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Durban University of Technology, Steve Biko Campus



Participants:

1.Anne Lebatard (exnihilo)- Marseilles: 

Theme: Dancing the inbetween 
With their work exnihilo (dancer) seek and expose the complexities of what is called public spaces. Their participation with dala is to further our research on ‘pavements as public space’

2. Dr Alex Wafer (geographer)-SA: 

Theme: On loitering in public spaces - basically, young unemployed men hanging around on the pavements of the city, doing not much. What emerges are all sorts of narratives of mobility and movement - even as they are static.

3. Dr Nancy Ottaviano (Quatorze Architects)-Paris: 

Theme: Subverting the Cartesian.
A member of the "Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie de l’École d’Architecture de Paris La Villette”, she alongside the organization Quatorze, are building up a network of architecture firms (young) as an alternative space-making group.


 


Day two
05th August
Starts with a performance by UKZN applied theatre and performance studies 
at 18:30 @ artSPACE durban


Theme: Dialogue
Democratic participation that is meaningful and has transformation at its core should be dialogic. Presenters in this panel will engage the complexities of dialogue in the context of spatial justice.

Moderator: Dr René Alicia Smith
Media academic and Acting Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts & Design, Durban University of Technology.

Participants:

Dr Alison J Rooke (visual sociologist) Co-Director- Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, London http://www.gold.ac.uk/cucr/
Theme: Possibilities of Dialogue 

Christian von Wissel (architect and urban researcher) PhD candidate in Visual Sociology · Centre for Urban and Community Research, Sociology, Goldsmiths) http://www.gold.ac.uk/cucr/
    Theme: Reflection on Nine Urban Biotopes


Dr Miranda Young-Jahangeer (Academic–Applied Theatre practitioner)
UKZN.
Theme: Subverting the panopticon
Appropriation of Theatre for debate in the South African female prison

Soogen Moodley senior manager in the Corporate Policy Unit at The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE): an initiative of eThekwini (Durban) Municipality.
Theme: Unlearn to Relearn





Day three
06th August

Theme: On dissidence
Presenters will propose how creativity has been used as a strategic tool in the act of transgression with a particular focus on how the margin can play a significant role in envisioning the future of an African city.

Moderator: Ewok Ian Robinson
Spoken word flavored Hip Hop Activist.

Participants:

Mzwandile Mavula (Street trader). Head of ACHIB (African Cooperative for Hawkers and Informal Business)
     Theme: Trade Pride and Pavement politics.

Dr Kira Erwin (Urban Researcher) Urban Futures
Faculty of Engineering Science and Built Environment
Durban University of Technology http://www.dut.ac.za/node/3771
 Theme: 'Servant’s quarter’ - a case study of Kenneth Gardens, a social housing estate, that she has been working on.

Ashwin Desai (Sociologist and Activist) One of South Africa's leading activist intellectuals has produced a remarkable book detailing growing resistance to neoliberalism in post-apartheid South Africa.
Theme: People in space makes place but a dislocated people makes dysfunctional place.




2)      venue : In the CITY :
·  Installation and performances – 3rd August – 7th August
Map and schedule will follow.



 
3)      venue : KZNSA :
· 2 day Workshop :  a follow up discussion on African Architecture by 6 participants of the colloquium of the Afritecture – Building for Social Change Exhibition [held at the  Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2013) curated by Andries Lipiek] : 31st July – 1st August
· Installation [in dialogue with Durban Centre for Photography’s exhibition ‘Durbanity’]
                                                                                           4th August – 7thAugust



· performance [date to be confirmed}







Opening the Project Space on Monday, 28 July at 6:30p.m.












Sunday, 6 July 2014

d’Urban d’Art Exchange and artSPACE durban Artists’ Choice Award 2014 7 - 11 July 2014




 
d’Urban d’Art Exchange and artSPACE durban Artists Choice Award 2014
Theme:  “Window(s)”
  Participating artists only will be able to vote from the 7th until the 11th July at 6p.m.
 
Prize-giving and Exhange: Friday, 11 July at 6:30p.m.



Join us at artSPACE durban for the third of our exciting art exchange exhibitions.  This is an artist-orientated event; we have fun and pay tribute to ourselves as artists.  With most awards, the decision is made by a panel of judges and often strangely influenced and rather baffling.
 With our Artists’ Choice Award, only the participating artists have a vote for the best work on show. We believe this gives a respectful ear to you, our artists, so your voice and choice can be heard. 
To add another layer to the prizes, this year we will have a Jury award prize.
We wonder, will it be the same work that wins both top prizes? 
Prize-giving is starting on Friday, 11 July at 6:30p.m.

This year the prizes will be:
First, Second, and Third Prizes Artists' Choice
Artists' Choice Awards:
!st Prize: Devika Pillay
2nd Prize: Corne Eksteen
3rd Prize: Alison Akai



First, Second, and Third Prizes Jury's Choice
Jury Awards:
1st Prize: Kay Smart
2nd Prize: Andy Swanepoel
3rd Prize: Brigitte Laurent



Lucky Draws
Vouchers from Spectrum, Village Hardware, Classic Canvas, and more.

Saturday, 5 July 2014