This video provides a glimpse of our brief intervention which formed part of 'The Exuberance Project' three-day event convened by GIPCA and 'the names we give', in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies and Michaelis Gallery at the University of Cape Town. In this performative, visual, aural/oral installation and site-specific intervention, we walk spaces of the city of Cape Town's CBD – through spectral landscapes that recall a past as much passed, as lived in the present. We bypass memorialized sites that form part of the matrix of heritage tourism towards sites that form part of everyday urban street traffic. These spaces include: the arches at the crossroads between Keerom and Burg Street, the space between the Slave Lodge and the Groote Kerk on Spin Street, the disc in the middle of the road on Spin Street, built on the 'Old Slave Tree', and the alleyways between the Old Granary and the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (on Buitenkant and Longmarket). Visiting spectrality using performance, poetry and audiovisual interventions, we walk in dissonance with linear notions of space and time in order to engage our multiple and layered senses, to listen to silences, trees that once stood, bodies that dream. These spaces and walking routes are physical reminders of an erased history and layers of disavowal this city is built on/with. We temporarily interrupt these spaces and temporalities to create moments that are out of joint.
(Nicole Sarmiento, Memory Biwa & Tazneem Wentzel)
Video by Nicole Sarmiento & Sara Gouveia.
Camera work & sound by Prune Martinez.
Music provided by Kyle Shepherd ('Xan do do (with piano improvisation)')
Cape Town, 2012.
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