Infecting the City 2012
City Treasurers - The No. 1 Unexpected Undercover Cleaning Agency

A day in the life of your everyday Car Guard and Street Sweeper

Created by:

Anthea Moys


Mon 21 – Fri 25 at 10h30 and 14h30

Sat 26 at 10h30


As and when it happens, around and about the CBD

What is a day in the life of a Central City Improvement District (CCID) street sweeper or car guard all about?
Determined to find out, Johannesburg-based performance artist Anthea Moys is donning bibs and uniforms for two weeks leading up to the Festival, and going on the beat.

‘The No. 1 Unexpected Undercover Cleaning Agency’ is the result of this fortnight of dedicated cleaning and protecting. The series of playful daily interventions will be performed at random locations around the City together with the people she has worked alongside.

Says Anthea: ‘The research period is crucial in determining how the performance takes shape, as it is specific to the persons I work with and the sites we work within. The participants will emerge organically from the outskirts of the selected public spaces, in a ‘flash mob’ kind of action. The performance will take the pedestrians in the space by surprise. The performers will then dissolve back into the Cityscape leaving something behind.’

Anthea is fascinated by working with people from different walks of life, who live or work in specific environments.
‘Society has rules, like a game,’ she says. ‘Everybody plays according to these rules. With the groups that I work with, I am interested in making new rules, imagining alternative situations, asking what if and why not…’

She has made performances with boxers in a Hillbrow boxing gym, the residents of an old-age home, and the security guards at a Johannesburg art gallery.

Together with the CCID workers she befriends on her Infecting The City journey, this plucky artist will attempt to create alternative worlds within the ‘real world’, a brief escape, an interruption in our day-to-day living.

Thanks to the City of Cape Town.

Anthea Moys

Anthea Moys

Anthea Moys is a performance artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Moys is an artist who uses performance and video to explore the notions of play, the pathetic and the 'useless'. Anthea’s happenings seem to challenge the conventional sturm and drang seriousness of other performance art. She is interested in how ‘play’ more readily implicates and involves the audience; invoking a three-way dialogue between herself, her audience and th read more...