WiSER discussion: Acts of Transgression (February 20)

Join contributors Jay Pather, Sarah Nuttall, Katlego Disemelo and artist & academic Zen Marie for a discussion on 'Acts of Transgression'

18 February 2019 - 12:23

"Live art is born of extremity."

In this ground-breaking collection of critical essays, 15 writers explore the experimental, interdisciplinary and radically transgressive field of contemporary live art in South Africa.

Set against a contemporary South African society that is chronologically 'post' apartheid, but one that continues to grapple with material redress, land redistribution and systemic racism, Acts of Transgression finds a representation of the complexity of this moment within the rich potential of a performative art form that transcends disciplinary boundaries and aesthetic conventions.

The collection probes live art's intersection with crisis and socio-political turbulence, shifting notions of identity and belonging, embodied trauma and loss, questions of archive, memory and the troubling of colonial systems of knowing, an interrogation of narratives of the past and visions for the future.

These diverse essays, analysing the work of more than 25 contemporary South African artists and accompanied by a striking visual record of more than 50 photographs, represent the first major critical study of contemporary live art in South Africa; a study that is as timeous as it is imperative.


Date: Wednesday, 20 February (1 PM)

Venue: Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, 6th floor Richard Ward Building

(It is generally easiest to Uber onto campus because parking is often difficult. Ask to be dropped at the Origins Museum at the top of Yale Road. WiSER is about 100 metres east in the Richard Ward building.)

RSVP: info.witspress@wits.ac.za