Archive: Issue No. 108, August 2006

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Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter's 'URBANET Hillbrow-Dakar-Hillbrow' project

Inspired by encounters with francophone immigrants in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter (for their contribution to the Dak'Art Biennale 'Off' Programme) interviewed a group of Senegalese traders asking them to draw maps of Dakar, which the two then used to navigate the city during their two week residency in May. The culminating exhibition at the Ker Thiossane residency space comprised a series of wall-map-paintings and photographic stills projections that reflected on the interactions and engagements that resulted from navigating Dakar on foot and visiting colleagues and friends of the Johannesburg-based Senegalese traders.

To date the project has been featured at the 'Sightings/Site-ings of the African City' conference held at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research, in June. A Project Page has been commissioned for the forthcoming Art South Africa, September 2006 issue. The Johannesburg exhibition version to be held in Hillbrow will be announced in the coming weeks. This project has been made possible by the collaborative and financial support of the French Institute of South Africa with additional assistance from Africalia, Belgium.