#FREESPACE is a month-long activation taking place at the Silo District outside the Zeitz MOCAA.
It brings together a broad variety of experiences on subjects relating to “free space”, including urban placemaking, socio-economics, art and architecture in a series of wide-ranging provocations, talks, panel discussions and performances.
#FREESPACE creates an open forum of public discussion, talks and performance, provoking different notions of public space. It also offers the opportunity to discuss and engage with the concept of space as a resource and space as a binding medium between people; from a cultural, architectural, urban and personal perspective.
The #FREESPACE installation acts as a symbolic bridging point between people and their perspectives on space. Everyone is invited to engage in an immersive experience, reflecting the open #FREESPACE debate. Artist interventions invite public exchange, creating an active space rich in meaning and contestation.
As an ‘ark of knowledge‘, the container will be hung in public space, as a symbolic vessel that conveys memory through the act of migration and change. An allegory to the notion of a transient and adaptive shelter, it represents a lens through which collectively South Africans can reflect and find resonance around the notion or ideal of ‘the diverse nation’.
The container installation allows contestations and different spatial realities to come to the fore. The sculptural intervention provokes the multi-layered question of transformation and resilience as a defining aspect of urbanisation in the contemporary African city.
Industrial containers or vessels of mass commoditisation have been used and inventively repurposed for a wide range of uses, and adapted for places of human production, retail, pleasure, and habitation.