The South Project will be hosting its third Gathering in Santiago, Chile, from the 3-6 October 2006. Following on from the success of the Wellington Gathering, which focused on the Pacific, the South Project has turned its attention to Latin America, before heading to South Africa in 2007. The Gathering will feature a symposium titled Culture and Politics in Times of the South, as well as two exhibitions, performances and workshops.
The South Project is now receiving expressions of interest for participation in the Gathering. All submissions must be received by the 28 April 2006. Submissions will be accepted for potential presentations, performances and workshops in response to the themes of the Gathering.
DAY ONE: The first day examines the shift that has occurred in the twenty-first century, as old battles have been won and new sites of struggle emerge. Generations in exile have returned home, but is home now itself a form of exile from a real sense of place? What now? Is economic growth now the main priority of the south?
DAY TWO: The second day explores ways of reconnecting the world, particularly through forms of artistic practice that operate outside the gallery structure. Many artists have found dialogue between active audience and aesthetics to be an important framework for public engagement. What are the alternative forms of creative practice that enable art to make a difference in the broader society?
DAY THREE: The final day gathers alternatives together to consider ways that art can operate autonomously outside the market, independently of the rich prizes offered by the north. This is an opportunity to touch on the nature of south-south collaboration and to question the subsequent relationship of north and south. Where to? How can the south provide alternative forms of recognition to the fame of Paris, London and New York ?
ARTISITC PROGRAMME - EXHIBITIONS
Make the Common Precious – curated by Kevin Murray, Director, Craft Victoria.
Make the Common Precious is an exhibition of 'poor craft' featuring contemporary craft /object art by indigenous and non-indigenous makers across Australia. 'Poor craft' is a movement for the revitalisation of making through the use of found materials. It relates to the poetry of Pablo Neruda and movements such as arte povera and poor theatre.
Looking Sideways (working title) – curated by Zara Stanhope (Aus) and Danae Mossman (NZ).
Response and experience based artists from Australia and New Zealand focusing on notions of traffic - ideas, active audience, in situ interventions and site specific works with a local strong research component.
To submit an expression of interest for the Santiago Gathering, please contact Magdalena Moreno prior to any submission on firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline: 28 April 2006.
Submissions will be accepted in English and Spanish.