Interface 2012-2014

Artist: DALA
Location: Multiple Sites, Durban KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Year of completion: 2014
Vaughn Sadie

Interface2012-14 brought eight international established artists from Brazil, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Reunion Island and Mauritiu, to explore a methodology for placemaking based on dialogue/democratic participation. This project formed part of an innovative process that strategically positions as creative practice as a tool aimed at conscientising civil society and creatively engaging the urban through people-centered placemaking. The focused on developing alternative bottom-up ways of better understanding and engaging public spaces, meant that Interface2012-14 had a longer development process, which includes a several workshops, a colloquium and an exhibition that prepared the practioners for the project. The interdisciplinary approach lead to several interventions across multiple sites the city of Durban. Each project responds sensitively to each site, with insightful intervention.

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I believe the project is worthy of nomination, because of the range and depth of the extended public programme that the art interventions were a part of. The interdisciplinary approach created a range of projects that had varying conversation with city, questioning traditional definitions of public space and how the practice that define them are read and understood.

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