artSPACE durban is an art gallery with dedicated studio spaces located in a warehouse in a light industrial area of Durban, South Africa. Our second gallery, artSPACE berlin, opened in June 2007 and closed in 2010 due to illness. Our initiative in Durban called the COLLECTIVE opened in May 2011 and closed in January 2014.
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
1)venue : artSPACE durban#Project
Project Space opening - 28th July – 7th August
Opening address by: Peter
opening – 2nd August 16:30 -18:00
Content : Artist process – video projections and
“ 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.
with a performance by exnihilo
danse companieat 18:30 @ ArtSpace
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
Theme: Dancing the
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
2. Dr Alex Wafer
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
Theme: Subverting the
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.
with a performance by UKZN applied theatre and performance studies
18:30 @ ArtSpace
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
academic and Acting Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts & Design, Durban
University of Technology.
Dr Alison J Rooke (visual
sociologist) CoDirector- Centre for Urban and Community
Research, Goldsmiths, London http://www.gold.ac.uk/cucr/
Theme: Possibilities of
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
Young-Jahangeer (Academic–Applied Theatre practitioner)
Theme: Subverting the
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
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
word flavored Hip Hop Activist.
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
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 –
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.
d’Art Exchange and artSPACE durban Artists Choice Award 2014
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.
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.
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
add another layer to the prizes, this year we will have a Jury award prize.
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
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