With the theme “Small is big”, this year the Cool Capital 2016 Biennale highlights how small, creative interventions can make a big impact.
Cool Capital is back with a fresh assortment of creativity. Having kicked off on 21 September and running until 31 October with the theme “Small is big”, the 2016 Biennale highlights how small, creative interventions can make a big impact on society.
This year’s line-up includes a wide variety of art exhibitions, community projects, public events such as film screenings, art walks and fun runs and many more. Here are just some of the highlights . . .
PIA Architects as Artists exhibition
The Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA) Architects as Artists exhibition gave architects the opportunity to showcase facets of their creativity that extend beyond the architectural sphere and create artworks for display at the Trent Gallery.
Caption: Johan Slee’s artwork at the PIA Architects as Artists exhibition
This un-curated collection of miniature sculptures challenges the general perception of public sculptures as being large and permanent works. “Saadjies”, which is the Afrikaans word for seeds or pods, proves that small sculptures with a strong message can be just as powerful, just as a small pod can grow into a massive tree. As a travelling exhibition, Saadjies exports South African creativity beyond the traditional gallery context, reaching a widespread audience.
Caption: Saadtjies artist: Rachel Ferriman. Courtesy of Pieter Mathews
PPC Public Bench Project
Twelve concrete benches, five of which were designed by students from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), are being manufactured and will be donated to the city. The project aims to improve social spaces in the city and transfer skills to students.
Caption: Michael Allen’s proposal for the PPC bench project.
Out of the fire, into the light
Almost 40 invited glass artists from across the country are exhibiting new work at the Association of Arts. Glass, warm, cold and hot, is on display, showing off its dazzling dance with light. The exhibition is curated by Dr Ingram Anderson and Lothar Böttcher.
Caption: Barbara Ewing’s glass design for the “Out of the fire, into the light” exhibtion. Courtesy of Lothar Böttcher
Franli Meintjes’ “The noise we make” soundwave installation at the Association of Arts in Pretoria represents sounds of the city as recorded by her.
Caption: Franli Meintjes: ‘The noise we make’ soundwave installation
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