The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

UNMAKING AND REMAKING PLACE IN CAPE TOWN: THE INFECTING THE CITY PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL at UC Berkeley

Lecture

When: September 23, 2013, 4-5:30 PM
Location: 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Speaker/Performer: Jay Pather, University of Cape Town
Sponsors: Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

The South African city of Cape Town has been selected as the International Winner of Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards, the “Fourth Top City in the World” by the prestigious Travel+Leisure Awards and the “Best Destination in Africa” by the World Tourism Awards. The city is also the site of abject poverty, racial clashes, civic strife and violent incidents of xenophobia. Caught in a range of notions over its natural beauty and its unassailable truth as the ideal apartheid city, Cape Town’s contradictions and paradoxes are often richly explored in public art and performance. Infecting the City is an annual public art festival that brings many of these contradictions into view. In this lecture, the festival’s curator Jay Pather will focus on recurrent themes of Infecting the City, such as the temporary making and unmaking of place as well as issues of representation, ownership, reconciliation and continued abnegation. Pather will critically consider the diversity of audiences, their resistances and participation and the limitations and potential of public art to both bring seminal, potentially incendiary issues into focus and to create greater obfuscation and alienation.

Jay Pather is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts and Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke dance company.

Co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities and the Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative, a Mellon Foundation funded project.

Posted in: News

+ PRINT PAGE - BACK