“EVERYONE IS PRESENT” AT UCL, LONDON

“EVERYONE IS PRESENT” AT UCL, LONDON

On the 20th of February I’ll be in conversation with curator, writer and academic Tamar Garb, and the Polish writer and academic Eva Hoffman, , at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University College London. Details and Registration for the event are at this...
WIDE ANGLE E-BOOK LAUNCH

WIDE ANGLE E-BOOK LAUNCH

Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg is pleased to announce their first digital publication: Wide Angle: Photography as Participatory Practice edited by Terry Kurgan and Tracy Murinik The publication is the result of a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, the Wits School of Arts and the Market Photo Workshop. It was edited by Terry Kurgan and Tracy Murinik, and will be available for free download on the Fourthwall Books website and the Apple iBooks store as of 12 September 2015 Please join us at 2pm, Saturday 12th September, at Fourthwall Books, at the FNB Joburg Art Fair. Wide Angle: Photography as Participatory Practice is a wide-ranging collection of essays in response to the subject of participatory photographic practice. Acknowledging that the political and ethical status of photography is never uncomplicated terrain, contributors to this volume engage with questions about power relations in participatory practice; the nature of negotiations between a project and its funders or partners; the aesthetic dimensions of a socially engaged practice; as well as intentionality, negotiated reality and ‘utopian’ pursuits. Wide Angle is in many ways a provocation: to rethink and critically expand the definition, uses and possible meanings of participatory photographic practice, especially in relation to professional practice, teaching, funding and theoretical work on the subject. Preview Oliver Barstow’s gorgeous book design here. Wide Angle: Photography as Participatory Practice Edited by Terry Kurgan and Tracy Murinik ISBN 978-0-9922404-0-0 Published by Fourthwall...
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...