Johannesburg Interventions
residency from 9th of mai – 16th of june 2007 at August House, End Street, Johannesburg, South Africa
The third station of the project KIN : BE : JOZI
participating artists: Athi Patra Ruga & Anthea Moys (South Africa), Raphael Urweider & Steffi Weismann (Switzerland), Kura Shomali & Vitshois Mwilambwe (Demokratic Republic Kongo) curator: Dorothee Kreutzfeld
in collaboration with: Joca (João Paulo), Tashika, Xtra Mdlulu and Luvuyo Gope von der Drill Hall, Jules Batale, Emeka Owe, George Khumalo, Nadine Hutton, Christopher Patra and James Dylan Happe
presentations at Drill Hall, George’s Boxing Club Hillbrow & August House, New Doornfontein
with generous support of: the French Institute of South Africa, Pro Helvetia Switzerland and Cape Town, the National Arts Council, the French Embassy in Kinshasa and the City of Bern

The idea: for a group of artists from each city to come together in each city and develop a dialogue in response to the specific context of each city: Kinshasa-Bern-Johannesburg. Each city presents a particular urban reality and ideology; each features differently on a global scale. The idea was to develop a kind of travelling dialogue, that would arise out of the engagement between the artists, the geographic distances and specific moments in the life of each city. As such the project was open-ended, an experiment. It depended on what the artists brought to the group, what they were looking for and how they would take on the idea of a dialogue.

Steffi Weismann worked with Luvujo Gope on dialogues that play on random commonalities between their mother languages Swiss German and Xhosa. The result of the collaboration was the music-performance "Bula-Boele", which was presented as a live performance. Another collaborative work arose with Anthea Moys and João Paulo at George's Boxing Club in Hillbrow. The regular participation in boxing training and some experiments with new rules became the basic material for three music videos

> TITLE music video (training in the boxing club)

> car event solo performance in the streets of Joburg Downtown