South Africa in Germany
28. June 2012
Documenta: Just us at work: Public Art Action by Keiskamma Art Project and DOE Projects
During the time of the dOCUMENTA (in Kassel, Germany), the Keiskamma Artists Cebo Mvubu and Veronica Betani are doing a Public Art Action with American artist Deborah Adams Doering.
"just us at work" is a 13-week public art action. The art action will take place each weekday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the entrance hall of the Amtsgericht, Frankfurtstraße 9, Kassel, Germany from June 1 - Sept 10, 2012.
Lead artists include Deborah Doering, DOE Projekts, Chicago, USA and Veronica Betani and Cebo Mvubu, KAP (Keiskamma Art Project) Artists, Hamburg, South Africa.
Artists from both groups will use the forms of "zero and one" as a point of departure for creating art works by hand, including needle-worked images, stencil-cuttings, drawings and text works.
"Our focus will be working with our hands in the Amtsgericht entrance hall," said Deborah Doering.
"We will be using fabric, thread, yarn, beads, scissors, paper, synthetic paper, pencils, pens — materials generally seen as 'low tech' materials."
"Using these materials, we will create works that depict zero and one forms, and also forms that indicate movement between zeros and ones (tildes, swashes)."
"The zero and one represent the digital age in which we live and they are often associated with 'high-tech' contemporary culture."
"The art action 'just us at work' expresses tension, anomaly, and contradiction by using 'low-tech' materials to express 'high-tech' concept-based work, influenced and framed by the contemporary art dialogue."
"'just us at work' allows DOE and KAP artists to connect, face-to-face, with no digital divide between us — using zeros and ones as the point of departure for works made from 'low-tech' materials, materials which are very accessible to viewers who might call themselves simply the 'art curious.'"
Photograph: Schmidt (HNA.DE)
Deborah Adams Doering, Cebo Mvubu, Veronica Betani
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