Thursday, 10 July 2014

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


28/07/2014 07/08/2014, various venues in Durban
Opening 2 August 16.30, artSPACE durban, 3 Millar Road, Durban 

Interface2012-14 emerges out of Durban-based collective dala’s CityWalk initiative, and forms part of a larger engagement and artistic process. The project aims to conscientise civil society, while creatively engaging the local urban condition. The Interface2012-14 initiatives are focused on unearthing equitable socio-spatial solutions by developing alternative bottom-up ways of better understanding public spaces. 

Six international and two locally established artists were invited to develop a conceptual methodology, comprising of dialogues and long term objectives that start to explore new possibilities for planning the future city of Durban and, more broadly, cities within South Africa. 

Interface2012-14’s programme will comprise of a project space and exhibition at artSPACE durban (28 July 7 August,), a colloquium on movement (4 August), dialogue (5 August) and dissidence (6 August) at artSPACE durban, installations and performances (3 7 August, venues tba), and the photography exhibition Durbanity (31 July 1 August, Durban Centre for Photography). 

Interface2012-14 is a dala project realized in partnership with the Goethe-Institut South Africa and supported by the National Arts Council and Ethekwini Municipality.

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

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

Content: Artist process – video projections and text

Artists / Architects list:

i)       Quatorze (Romain Minod + Nancy Ottaviano) architects – Paris

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

iii)     Accompanying lecturers: Beatrice Mariolle and Virginie Picon-Lefebvre – Paris

iv)    Ex Nihilo Dance Companie – Marseilles

Reunion Island
Annie Decupper (photographer) – Tampon
Project title: l’espace creole : urban agriculture as a political tool for social cohesion in the ‘cite’

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

Daria Tchapanova visual artist
Project title: Everything Must Shine For Me – story of a young boy, Bradlee Werdemam .

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

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


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

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.


1. Anne Lebatard (exnihilo) from Marseilles: 

Theme: Dancing the inbetween 
With their work exnihilo (dancers) 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): 

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): 

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

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.


Dr Alison J Rooke (visual sociologist) Co-Director- Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, London
Theme: Possibilities of Dialogue 

Christian von Wissel (architect and urban researcher) PhD candidate in Visual Sociology · Centre for Urban and Community Research, Sociology, Goldsmiths)
    Theme: Reflection on Nine Urban Biotopes

Dr Miranda Young-Jahangeer (Academic–Applied Theatre practitioner)
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.


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
 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.

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