Promenades, Sunsets and Balconies (part 3)   [show/hide text]

collaboration with Dorothee Kreutzfeldt
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain 2010

Our host institution, Casa Africa, asked us to present our work in a public discussion, and conduct a workshop with art students during our stay. Given the island’s location between Spain and North Africa, we proposed to explore notions of ‘distance and proximity’ in the workshop, which led to interesting discussions around immigration, cooking ingredients and mountaineering.
For the presentation we hired 3 musicians to play simultaneously in the room next door during the course of our talk. Again we were interested in introducing a soundscape different to our narrative, one that would claimed its own volume and presence. We had encountered the same musicians playing their individual sets and instruments on the famous promenade, earning a living. As with most tourists on the island (primarily from Germany and France), they originated from elsewhere (Italy, Serbia and Poland). More nomads than us employed travellers and integral part of the ‘landcape’, as it presented itself. We hired each one to play for an hour in a designated spot on the promenade and filmed the scene for the final exhibition.

(Text by Dorothee Kreutzfeldt)


Supported by the Embassy of Spain in South Africa, the Nirox Foundation, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, MAP, The Bagfactory Artists Studios, Sala Parpalló, Casa África and Centro de Arte La Regenta.