The 6th Infecting The City Public Arts Festival 12-16 March 2013, Cape Town Like facebook for updates Image Map

>The Diagnosis

The Diagnosis
Opens: Tues 6th 8pm | Wed 7th, Thurs 8th, Fri 9th, Sat 10th 9am - 5pm

Shop 3, Allianz House, cnr Castle St, off St George’s Mall

Deep in the City centre, locked inside a shop window, is a mechanical installation. By day, the artists inhabit an inner City shop, on display as they recover from their night-escapades, sleeping the light hours away in a laboratory still-life.

By night, the artists activate a series of nocturnal performance interventions in various locations around the City – a sequence of absurd, unsettling, intimate, comical and public nocturnal actions, picked straight from the subconscious. The daytime installation is intimately accessible to the scrutiny of the public. In this space, the bodies of the sleepwalkers rest and the preparations for, and documentary records of, their nightly exertions are presented for inspection. Reversing the rhythms of consciousness and unconsciousness, enacting the nonsensical automations of ordinary life, The Diagnosis is an experimental sleepwalk. Expect unpredictable locations, assorted actions, and dream-like durations.

Artists' Profiles
Leila Anderson
Leila Anderson (b. 1984) is a performance artist working on the edge of the theatrical, the visual and the performative. She has created work individually and collaboratively, on stage and in situ, in Europe, China and South Africa. Recently, Anderson and Wannet collaborated on the installation/ performance who knows what it is, this mysterious substance that everyone seems to be so worried about identifying (2011) for the Stedelijk Museum  ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and Afrika Lag (2012), a live film/sound experiment for On the Edge of Wrong . Leila is a part-time lecturer in contemporary performance at UCT. 

Stan Wannet
Stan Wannet (b. 1977) is a multi-media sculptor from the Netherlands. With training in visual art and electrical engineering, his work combines the mechanical and the poetic. Wannet spent two years as a hardware developer at V2_Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam, before embarking on a series of commissions and collaborations in the Netherlands, China and South Africa. His work ranges from large-scale installation art to live sound experiments and performance. 


Public Arts Festival

6th - 10th March 2012

presented by The Africa Centre

Public art has always been part of who we are on this continent and in this country. The interconnectedness of the African “us” has often been impeded however, throwing people apart and far away from each other, creating a physical and psychic separation. Infecting the City is a small attempt at igniting this interconnectedness through artistic expression, making public space public.

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