The collaborative project, Under Construction, involves the meticulous construction and spectacular public destruction of a complex wooden structure in the District Six Museum to ask poignant questions around what it means to be a resident in the city.
Wilder is best known for creating large, complex structures using thousands of pieces of wood. The pieces are not affixed but self-supporting and balanced. After hours of precariously creating his work, he ceremonially kicks it, destroying it in seconds. Resonating with the history of District Six, the work becomes about identity and architecture; about self-built monuments that create institutional identities, and how they are challenged; about how we read our bodies, relative to our environment: protected and sheltered, or humble and vulnerable.
After the collapse of the installation, lecturers and students from the UCT School of Architecture will turn the wood units into furniture for the District Six community and the Imizamo Yethu township in Hout Bay. In this way, the project becomes a cycle of creation, loss, and re-creation.
Curator: Winnie Sze
Collaborators: University of Cape Town School of Architecture; Mike Louw and Kevin Fellingham
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