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OPENLab 2014

The Art of Being Public: Explorations in Site Based Practices

 
OPENLab is an open and intensive 10 day residency platform aimed at generating new strategies and ideas in site specific, experimental and interdisciplinary practice.
 
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Image from www.openlab-southafrica.co.za
Image credit: ‘Aardvark’, 2013. EBEMU – Experimental Body Extension Manufacturing Unit.
Artists: Paul Gazzola, Paul Granjon and Christian Atkins. Photographer: Stephen Oxenbury
 
OPENLab 2014 is a new national laboratory for Early and Mid Career Artists and Creative Practitioners interested in making art in the public realm. It is an open and intensive residency platform aimed at generating new strategies and ideas in site specific, experimental and interdisciplinary practice.
 
OPENLab 2014 will take place over 10 days from 18 July – 27 July 2014 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein alongside the Vryfees festival. It will also involve a weeklong studio held at Modern Art Projects (MAP), Richmond in the Northern Cape.
 
Up to 15 Artists from across South Africa will participate in the Lab, lead by national and international facilitators. The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working in the visual arts, performance, architecture, fashion, dance, new media, sound art, design, community arts and other creative pursuits.
Participating artists will explore new approaches to site based practices working across different communities, disciplines and geographical contexts. The emphasis is on participation, critical thinking, discussion and the creation of new ideas.
 
OPENLab is a place for free experimentation and open dialogue. It is a nurturing, supportive and responsive space for artists and facilitators to share, exchange and challenge each other.
Activities include exploring spaces for performance and installation; interdisciplinary collaboration; concept development; audience interactivity and intercultural dialogue. OPENLab is an investment in future thinking, creative networks and professional development.
 
Facilitators:
Paul Gazzola (AUS, Interdisciplinary Artist & Curator), Techa Noble (AUS, Designer & Artist), Jay Pather (SA, Artist, Curator & Educator)
 
Guest Facilitators:
Godfrey Manenye (SA, Performer & Choreographer), Phillipa Tumubeinee (SA, Architect & Designer), Nadia Cusimano (AUS, Performer & Dramaturge)
 
International Speakers:
Bec Dean (AUS, Curator & Writer), Lee-Ann Buckskin (AUS, Artist & Educator)
 
OPENLab 2014 is part of the Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD) initiated by the Vryfestival and the University of the Free State, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDTF) and supported by Modern Art Projects (MAP) South Africa.
 
OPENLAB 2014: FRIDAY 18 JULY – SUNDAY 27 JULY
APPLICATION DUE: MIDNIGHT MONDAY 5 MAY 2014
 
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