Poetics of Relation is a collaboration between Uriel Orlow and Bettina Malcomess, who have been working together with 16 artists and postgraduate students from Work.Master at HEAD - University of the Arts, Geneva, and the Division of Visual Arts (DIVA) at the Wits School of Arts (WSOA) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
The project takes Edouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation as a starting point to think through and work with the aesthetics and politics of movement, exploring relational and errant forms of identity, language and image. It addresses transformative modes of history, creolisation, translation and nomadic thought.
The project began with a week of events in Johannesburg earlier this year, including a workshop on phonetics, a jamming session of censored records, lectures on mapping and communal walks, experiments and presentations. The exchange continued over email, Facebook, Dropbox and Skype over the last few months, producing several collaborative projects and intersections between projects, as well as sometimes delays and gaps in communication.
The exhibition and programme of events, Poetics of Relation/Slippery Sessions, at LiveInYourHead is a culmination of this exchange, manifested in space, and opened up to further dialogue with invited artists Érik Bullot and Nicoline van Harskamp. Several collaborative pieces will unfold in the space, intermedial and performative. The gallery will be punctuated by spaces within the space which open up potential points of connection between works, as well allowing for ruptures and disconnection. The exhibition programme is not an end point: the exploration of relationality will continue in the form of a publication to be produced over the following months. Slipperiness suggests the elusiveness of closure but also the continual evocation of potentials and possibilities for identity, becoming, connection and language.
Simon Acevedo, Denise Bertschi, Antonia Brown, Érik Bullot, Nolan Dennis, Leonard de Muralt, Abri de Swardt, Ravi Govender, Paul Guian, Ciel Grommen, Mbali Khoza, Murray Kruger, Bettina Malcomess, Nare Mokgotho, Michelle Monareng, Uriel Orlow, Philip Pilekjaer, Nathalie Rebholz, Julie Sas,Tali Serruya, Mounia Steimer, Nicoline van Harskamp
Exhibition Opening at LiveInYourHead
Wednesday 13 May 18h
Slippery Session #3 at LiveInYourHead
performance, talks, film, sound
Saturday 16 May 16h