Infecting the City (ITC) is an annual avant-garde public art festival in Cape Town, conceived to deliver provocative and novel site-specific performance art staged in the public domain. ITC turns Cape Town’s CBD into an edgy theatre venue to exhibit diverse and thought-provoking works.
“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.”
Discussion: Towards a Public Art Policy for a World Design. “The policies created and managed by city governments, regarding public art, has become the pivotal instrument for negotiating how public life is enriched with art. In an effort to answer some of these questions a one day conference during the Infecting the City Festival. The conference will address: Public Art Policy as it exists internationally and nationally. Questions and principles behind such policies; the development and implementation strategies for these policies; the public art policy initiatives underway in Cape Town; and the road map toward completing and implementing a policy within the World Design Capital.” Hosted by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), the Africa Centre and Creative Cape Town.
The Orange Book. Chas Unwin, An exploration of history and difference.
Capefone. Ole Hamre. A soundscape of Cape Town – with accompaniment by Kyle Shepherd and the Umcolo Chorus from Kenmere Primary School.
Rakes Progress. Stravinsky. Company’s Garden.
Bodies in Light. Victorine Muller. St George’s Mall.
Capefone. Ole Hamre. A soundscape of Cape Town
All photographs courtesy: Sydelle Willow Smith ©Infecting the City 2012
Infecting the City 2012 – Public Arts Festival, Cape Town
6th – 10th March 2012 presented by The Africa Centre, Cape Town