"The Boxer" - Performance piece (2016)
Artist: Scott Eric Williams
Created/Performed during OPENLab2016, as part of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), an initiative of the Vrystaat Arts Festival and University of the Free State.
Boxer is a comedic, spontaneous performance inspired by thoughts of battling the elements, shelter and settling. Not restricted by an overwhelming thematic framework the work makes use of cardboard boxes, packing tape , a table which was borrowed from the Richmond Municipal offices. The cold, rash Karoo wind features as a prominent player in this piece.
The combination of elements lends itself to easy interpretation of the Artist's intentions.
Videography and editing : Abrie Fourie curator for Map (Modern Art Projects)
Residency partners: map-southafrica.org/
Thank you to :
Harrie Siertsema from Modern Art Projects (MAP)
Modern Art Projects - (MAP), Richmond, Northern Cape (map-southafrica.org)
Piko/Piad - facebook.com/PikoPiad-1435158293383474/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1782557828643517
and the Free State Arts festival (vrystaatkunstefees.co.za/) for making the creation of this work possible.
From the 14 till 25th of July a group of 14 artists from across the country were selected to take part in #OPENLab2016, a socially engaged interdisciplinary arts laboratory. #OPENLab2016 started off with a series of workshops facilitated by the artist Paul Gazzola in Bloemfontein during the course of the Vrystaat Kunstefees before moving onto a second location; Modern Art Projects South Africa in the quant town of Richmond in the Northern Cape. There the artists were to collaborate with one another and work on new projects using the town and it's people as a template to work with. These intense daily workshops were facilitated by Abrie Fourie, Ella Ziegler, Mabitsela Ignatius Lesiba and Khanyisile Mintho Mbongwa. The selected artists included: Johandi du Plessis, Karin Tan, Skye Quadling, Scott Eric Williams, Kai Lossgott, Nomusa Musah Mtshali, Kivithra Naicker, Wezile Mgibe, Janet Botes, Victoria Wigzell, Kathleen Sawyer, Yazeed Kamaldien, Lehlohonolo Dube and Sikelela Damane