Cape Town becomes infected with art

Cape Town becomes infected with art

The Africa Centre is currently showcasing the seventh edition of its annual Public Arts Festival Infecting The City. 40 unique artworks will be weaving their way through the CBD of Cape Town until March 15. The programme is jam-packed with artworks that range from the popular and entertaining to the conceptual and thought provoking.

Some of the attractions people can look forward to include:

• Directed by Fabrice Guillot, Compagnie Retouramont’s Environnement Vertical is a duet performed against the façade of a high-rise building.
• ‘Uncles & Angels’, an interactive dance and video collaboration by Mocke J Van Vueren and Nelisiwe Xaba
• Neo Muyanga will perform ‘Thorisole Morusu’ that is inspired by, and based on, Antjie Krog’s poem ‘Country of Grief and Grace’;
• Using candles, Pedro Bustamante’s ‘The Accumulation is Primitive’ provides visibility to the accumulation and the political subjectivity of maps that represent the GDP data of various countries;
• Swiss performance company Da Motus is presenting their interactive piece and internationally renowned public art work ‘Con Tatto’;
• A much anticipated performance by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on Greenmarket Square followed by an intervention by conceptual artist Christian Nerf, and a provocative video work called ‘Surveillance’ by Berlin based artist, Alien Oosting;
• Staged intimate performances along Queen Victoria Road by several choreographers including Mamela Nyamza and Sean Oelf;
• A 60-strong Youth Orchestra playing for 30 Pantsula dancers directed by Mandisi Sindo;
• ‘Untitled 310’ is a music work by Spanish composer Francisco Lopez that is performed by six blindfolded musicians at the historic Centre for the Book;
• Tam Frazers’ ‘Smellscapes’ sees the water feature on St George’s Mall imbued with haunting scents each day of the Festival; and
• New York artist Kate Urban uses 50000 red rose petals to create a sacred pathway at the Station.

The programme has been designed to encourage audiences to discover, define and experience the City’s private and public environments in new ways.

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