Constructing Future Cities
- Counterspace was selected to participate in the ‘Constructing Future Cities’ research and art programme, along with two other female artists in their separate capacity. Counterspace took to develop 6 artworks which dealt with the idea of event as architecture in South African cities. The imagery was assembled using a selection of drawings and self-taken drone images, depicting a slowly apparating collage of recent events which have taken South Africa’s open spaces with force. Counterspace argues that, although ephemeral, these acts and events are radically changing the way in which we publicly engage, and uses a form of concealment and revelation in abstract formations. The body of work includes the following pieces: ‘Baptism of the Dragon’, ‘Easter on the Mountain’, ‘Prophetic Address’, ‘Saturday Shopping’, ‘G8 World Conference’, and ‘The Budget Speech’. Each piece conflates a major event or political moment onto a small-scale site, such as a street, a staircase, or a hill-top. Here; not in parliament’s halls; are promises, clauses and treaties held and tested to the light.
Most of the featured events reinterpret ritual spaces, demonstrating ways in which the esoteric and political agendas are unravelled through spatial and temporal settings. The works were developed over a series of 4 days, culminated by an exhibition in the Cape Town CBD which was opened with a public event and discussion around the topic of ‘future cities’.