Provocation and Magical Terrorism
Tracey Rose, Any Way The Wind Blows, 2019
2-channel colour video on smartphones, sound
Cotton, silk, satin, polyester, acrylic fabrics, sequins, wood
Performance, Theory / Praxis
Maximum number of participants
€ 640.– (reduced € 480.–)
The course will challenge unsettling and exploding identity tropes and explore the aesthetics of violence. Guided by performative interventions, students will initiate processes of healing and rituality as a form of art.
The course is open to all media, including film, sculpture, photography, performance, and painting, with the body and its performativity being central to every aspect. The body becomes a site for protest, outrage, resistance, and discourse. It is a channel for demonstrating exasperation, disruption, and paradox.
Started by the artistic discourse around Tracey Rose’s practice, the course offers students a space for reflecting and enhancing their practice while also developing tools for individual and collective work on magical terrorism. A term used by the artist to explore the non-binary non-Western world.
Students will improve basic skills addressing performativity in various media: How to use your body and other objects as a means of expression of explosive imagination and visual poetry?
Students will share breakout sessions collectively while working individually in their media, allowing spontaneous collaborations. Students are becoming acquainted with a contemporary art practice driving itself on edge in a tense present. Furthermore, one-on-one sessions help reflect the student’s body of ideas and materialisations.
Tracey Rose belongs to a generation of artists reinventing the artistic gesture in post-apartheid South Africa. She creates a provocative, complex visual world referencing theatre and satire. She challenges the aesthetics of international contemporary art and post-colonial and feminist issues at large. Working in multiple media, Rose places her body at the centre of her practice, using the roles given to Africans and to African women in a male-dominated world. Rose exhibits and performs widely, including at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Dakar Biennial, Walker Art Center, The Project, Venice Biennale,Haywood Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Tate Liverpool, Bildmuseet, Museo Reina Sofia, WIELS, Dan Gunn, EVA International, São Paulo Biennial, Biennial of Moving Images, MAMBA, Buenos Aires, documenta 14, Performa 17 and the Sharjah Biennial. This year she has a major survey exhibition of her work with an accompanying monograph at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.