STILL LIFE, is part of Season 7 at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg.
Bronwyn Lace : "I relocated to Vienna, Austria at the end of 2019 - this is the first Season at The Centre for the Less Good Idea without me at the head as Animateur. I remain in close contact with the Centre but my role is now beautifully fulfilled and expanded by the formidable Phala Ookeditse Phala. During my time in Johannesburg at the Centre, I chose to separate my personal artwork from the projects at the Centre.
I was delighted in this Season to be invited by the Season 7 curators, William Kentridge and Phala O Phala, as a participant, with contributions to the Pepper’s Ghost performance programme and an installation of my own work in the Centre’s first space.
This space holds a history for me since before the Centre days, when it was the Nirox Foundation project space, in 2013 I built an installation titled ‘Resuscitate’. For the Centre the space functions neither as an ideal black box theatre or a classic white cube gallery - this is part of its magic - it denies traditional tropes in either of the disciplines and forces an inter-disciplinarity that we so enjoy at the Centre.
This sculptural video and sound installation collaborates with Antjie Krog’s poetry and Anne Vanschothorst’s music.
Collaboration is central to the installation. The silent video works and installation elements find themselves in conversation with landscape music composer Anne Vanschothorst’s spoken word project klip lied snaar: voordrag van gedigte en harpmusiek, a collaborative compositional project made in response to the poetry and voice of Antjie Krog. The selected poems by Krog are ‘Still Life’, ‘Land van Genade en Verdriet’, ‘Die Liggaam Beroof’, and ‘Grond’."
ARTIST & CONCEPTUALISER | Bronwyn Lace
GILDING & ORIGAMI ASSISTANT | Masetho Mohohlo
CINEMATOGRAPHER & EDITOR | Noah Cohen
PHOTOGRAPHER | Zivanai Matangi
LIGHTING DESIGNER | Wesley France
MUSICIAN | Anne Vanschothorst
POET | Antjie Krog