Programme Released for 2018 ICA Live Art Festival
03 Aug 2018
The programme for the 2018 ICA Live Art Festival has been released, and it features members and friends of PEN South Africa. The festival, which runs in Cape Town from 1–16 September, hosts works of art that are multi- or interdisciplinary, or which fall into liminal categories of art and performance.
This interdisciplinary festival is designed to challenge and extend the public’s experience of live art in a non-commercial environment and make accessible the work of visual and performing artists who explore new forms, break boundaries, flout aesthetic conventions, tackle controversy, confront audiences and experiment with perceptions.
Included on the programme are heavyweights such as Athi-Patra Ruga (Things We Lost in the Rainbow), Mamela Nyamza (Black Privilege), and Gavin Krastin (Yet to be Determined), alongside writers such as PEN SA Head of Communications Nick Mulgrew (biography), Toni Stuart (Papyllon, with Ella Mesma), Stacy Hardy (Museum of Lungs, with Laila Soliman, Neo Muyanga and Nancy Mounir) and Bongani Madondo (Zulu: Credo Mutwa’s Fantasia in Praxis).
Mulgrew’s performance, biography, is a long poem accompanied by live guitar music and noise. The poem is a multi-fragment exploration of genealogy and metatext in the life of the author, exploding the concept of the “author’s biography,” and is accompanied by a limited-edition pamphlet. Stuart’s performance, Papyllon, will fuse her poetry wth the effervescent choreography of Ella Mesma to explore questions of mixed heritage, ancestry, identity and womxnhood.
All events are free, but space is limited and tickets must be booked in advance.