Things hot up for YDESIRE
by Paul Edmunds
February 22 moves ever closer, and as it does, things are hotting up in and around the Castle, this year's chosen venue. Curators Kim Stern and James Webb are to be found scuttling around all over town from one appointment to the next (I should know, they very nearly took me off my bike earlier). Dayglo pink shapes closely resembling the event's appropriated five-sided Castle-like image, have mysteriously appeared under Cape Town's seediest bridges. Sound systems, projectors and lighting rigs have all been corralled for next week's big event and Iziko has kindly allowed artists access to the Castle from mid-week to ensure smooth installation and comprehensive documentation.
A number of workshops have accompanied the build-up, one of which was a glasswork project run by Rebecca Townsend with students from the Community Arts Project. It was held on the Michaelis campus (from where Townsend is a graduate) in conjunction with the Western Cape Cultural Commission. Participants were instructed in the basics of glass-cutting and fusing, mould-making and slumping. The pieces produced during the workshop will be exhibited in two alcoves in the bridge across the Castle's moat. Participants, largely from disadvantaged backgrounds, were afforded a unique opportunity in that the work they have produced (while acquiring new skills) will be exhibited and documented alongside that of better-known and established artists.
What are my tips for the evening? Well, I'm interested to hear Japanese noise artist Wa's performance, which is described as 'challenging'. I'm also looking forward to Julia Clark's contribution, which is bound to have my cranky knees longing for their younger, suppler days. I also look forward to a performance by a well-known Capetonian, who is better known for his warm, quirky manner and precise, generous two- and three-dimensional work than any dramatics. But you'll have to wait and see!
6pm, Saturday February 22