ITCH – My Father, And a Fish

ITCH – My Father, And a Fish

ITCH is the Journal of Creative Expression of the School of Literature, Language and Media at the University of the Witwatersrand. There was a call for submissions around the broad theme of “Value”. I submitted the essay “My Father, And A...
9 Urban Biotopes e-Book Launch

9 Urban Biotopes e-Book Launch

You are kindly invited to the e-book launch of 9 URBAN BIOTOPES – THE FUTURE OF URBAN LIVING PRESENTED BY ARTISTS DOUNG JAHANGEER, TERRY KURGAN, TASWALD PILLAY AND CHATI MUNYARADZI Tuesday 31 March 2015, 18H30 Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Auditorium 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood Admission: Free Join us for a drink to launch the innovative, interactive e-Book and to see what happened when nine experimental artists and architects were parachuted into best-practice local initiatives in 7 different cities: London, Paris, Turin, Berlin, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. Participating artists Doung Jahangeer, Terry Kurgan, Taswald Pillay and Chati Munyaradzi will be sharing their experience and presenting their work at the e-book launch. Nine Urban Biotopes is a residency program, funded by the EU, directed by Stefan Horn of Berlin based urban dialogues, and partnered and organised by the Goethe-Institut in South Africa. It ran throughout 2014 and aimed to generate a conversation about the future of urban living in cities in Europe and South Africa. By combining, linking and implementing 9 Urban Biotopes within a South African–European partner structure, local answers to global questions were discussed in such a way that they shed light on sustainable solutions and innovative ideas regarding urban development issues. The project took place in three phases, so-called trialogues. Trialogue I Soweto – Berlin – Cape Town, January through March 2014 In the first trialogue, artist/architect Marjetica Potrč and her Hamburg based students of Design for the Living World, transformed public spaces in Soweto into community hubs. At the same time artist Athi-Patra Ruga worked with members of the Youth Theatre Office in Berlin on a performance...
Nine Urban Biotopes: Berlin Exhibition opening announcement

Nine Urban Biotopes: Berlin Exhibition opening announcement

The opening of NINE URBAN BIOTOPES : Negotiating the future of Urban Living  A First Iteration of all Nine Projects  + “Let’s talk: 30 days at the Spreefeld”  Final Presentation of the project by Terry Kurgan Exhibition 6 to 8 September 2014 from 12 to 5 pm Opening 5 September 2014 at 7 pm at Boathouse Spreefeld / Spreeacker, Köpenicker Str. 48/49, 10179 Berlin   NINE URBAN BIOTOPES (9UB) is an international, socially engaged art project delivering artistic research and cultural exchange. From January through September the artists Antje Schiffers, Marjetica Potrc, Armin Linke , Anthony Schrag, Athi-Patra Ruga, Dan Halter, Taswald Pillay, Ra Hlasane and Terry Kurgan realised their projects within and among social citizen and art initiatives in 7 cities in South Africa and Europe. This week-end the results of all the projects will be displayed in form of a first iteration. ISSS research&architecture, in collaboration with urban dialogues have developed a mobile exhibition unit to dispaly and travel the exhibition in Europe and South Africa. During the last six weeks the South African artist Terry Kurgan has researched the uniquely Berlin phenomenon of ‘Co-Housing’. Wheeling about with her mobile ‘Spreelab’ she has explored the relationship between private lives and public space in the neighbourhood surrounding the three newly erected, and barrier free buildings of the Spreefeld Genossenschaft, situated in a former no-man’s land, but now rapidly gentrifying neighborhood on the banks of the Spree River. Kurgan’s final presentation  includes a short stop-animation film, which humorously evokes her outsider sense of a range of pressing contemporary Berlin urban and social issues evoked by the very particular one square kilometer upon which her project’s been based. The...
Nine Urban Biotopes: living and working in Berlin

Nine Urban Biotopes: living and working in Berlin

July 17th, 2014. So here I am, in Berlin, on the 10th day of my 3 month long residency as one of the 9 artists participating in the European /South African exchange project, Nine Urban Biotopes . I have to find a hook for a new participatory project within the work (and in the neighbourhood) of an organisation here called id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability, whose focus is on urban sustainability and cooperative – housing cultures. In searching for my project and more particularly, to find out where I am, I went to see an extraordinary room-sized 3D architect’s model of the city after reunification at the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment. And I met Mr. Ralf Dehne who was the civil servant (as he called himself) sitting behind the desk. In exchange for a good recipe from my country (and the only other African he had ever met was from North Africa and she gave him a recipe for grilled grasshoppers), he said he would help me source photographs and records of the area upon which my project is based, going back 100 years. I thought a good recipe for Mopane worms would be in keeping with grasshoppers, but will have to think of something else that I myself, actually cook and eat. Bobotie? He also told me he was a keen genealogist, and that he found people for people. Who wrote to him from all over the world. “They are usually looking for dead people, or for their graves”. When I thanked him for his generosity, he said it was a mirror of my own. I fell in love with him...