This week there aren’t many openings in the Mother City, but look out for two talks, a performance and doodle session, a one-night-only exhibition inspired by Jellyfish and a group exhibition showing Wildlife works.
Wednesday, 30 July
The fifth Brundyn Talks takes places at Brundyn+, with guest speaker Dylan Valley
Brundyn Talks is a series of monthly talks where the public engage with interdisciplinary discourse presented by artists, curators, academics, literary scholars, musicians and filmmakers to name but a few. In the fifth talk, join documentary filmmaker Dylan Valley in a frank discussion on gentrification and related themes of neoliberalism, hybridity and globalisation from the City of Angels to the Mother City. Valley poses questions such as “How should we respond to gentrification?” and “What are the benefits?” and “What is the human cost?” Valley will screen his short documentary on the gentrification of the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, as well as excerpts from a work in progress by Kurt Orderson and Najma Nuriddin, which looks at gentrification in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Brooklyn, New York.
Entrance is free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to book as seats are limited.
170 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town from 6pm.
Benefactor, a performance by Michael Frayn at the Masque Theatre, will play host to a doodle session
The 1000 Drawings team takes over the Masque Theatre in Muizenburg, alongside the doodle seesion Benefactors by Michael Frayn will be showing at the Masque Theatre. The show promises to be highly entertaining and challenging piece of theatre. Take an idealistic architect, add his loyal wife who just wants to do good, mix it up with a couple of needy, hapless neighbours, and you get a play that is clever, funny and well worth seeing.
37 Main Road, Muizenburg from 7:30 pm.
More information on the Masque Theatre website.
Thursday, 31 August
An exhibition of the work that has come out of the Harvard Idea Translation Lab Summer Fellowship and inspired by Jellyfish is on show at Twenty Fifty
Six projects from the class “How to create things and have them matter”, taught by Le Laboratoire founder David Edwards along with Andrea Sachdeva, will be exhibited. The 15 fellows include undergraduate and graduate students from a diversity of majors. After a semester taking this class, the teams went on to Cape Town for one month to prototype some of these ideas. The projects all originated around the theme of jellyfish blooms*, exploring ideas around the overabundance of jellyfish. Some projects have remained directly related to the problem, while others have developed into completely different ideas.
36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Saturday, 2 August
#ConversationsonCreativity, a series of creative talks takes place at the AVA Gallery
Creative Nestlings in association with Creative Cape Town, a programme of the Cape Town Partnership, invites you all to #ConversationsonCreativity9.0. For the next #ConversationsonCreativity in 2014, we have enlisted 4 creative influencers from around the world to share on their work, lives, environments & thoughts on life as a “creative”.
Speakers include Fort Rixon aka Fush Rickson, A cultural stenographer here to tell the real story of Southern Africa alongside Anthony Smith of 2BOP, Khanyisile Mintho Mbongwa who is a Performative Installation Artist/Curator/Poet and Rashiq Fataar of Future Cape Town. Guest host Vuyolwethu Heather Vee Dubese.
The AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town from 12pm – 3pm.
Sunday, 3 August
Pause, the annual wildlife exhibition opens at the Cape Gallery
The annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery has always been a testament to the beauty and harshness of the environment. Artists have often sought to go beyond a purely naturalistic depiction, viewing the self in relation to animals and the environment in both a physical and metaphorical sense.
The resulting artworks are often emotive and exhibit responses to the changing land and the behavioural qualities of its creatures.
60 Church Street, Cape Town.