Very Real Time was set up by Rijksakademie resident Gregg Smith (Rijksakademie 2001-2002) a socially engaged art project and international exchange in Cape Town, South Africa.
The focus in Very Real Time is on projects of a non-gallery and non-object based nature, preferring to concentrate on forms of exchange which are primarily social and personal. In 2003 the first part of Very Real Time took place and the performed projects ranged from public castings in the streets of Cape Town to partner swapping Tango couples.
More information: see website Very Real Time.
read » 2012 21 June - lecture Gregg Smith and others, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam
read » 2012 4 July - VRT 3 Paris - Video programm and performance
J’organise un petit programme de vidéos et une performance dans mon atelier, mercredi prochain, le 4 juillet à 20h.
Il y aura des vidéos par les artistes suivants : Amanda Trager et Erik Moskowitz (Etats-Unis), Sung Hwan Kim (Corée du Sud, Etats-Unis), Jared Ginsburg (Afrique du sud) ainsi qu'une performance par Josh Ginsburg (SA). Si vous êtes à Paris ce jour là, vous serez le bienvenu.
Cet évènement fait partie de Very Real Time, une série de résidences, d’échanges et d'expositions.
143 Rue de Clignancourt
Code porte : 57278
Bâtiment 2, Esc. B,Interphone : SMITH, Premier étage
Tel: 06 22 50 90 31
photo: Still from The Story of Elfranko Wessels, by Erik Moskowitz and Amanda Trager
read » 2012 March 20 - April 20: Going inside time - one month residency
'Going inside time' is a one-month residency for 2 local and 4 international artists place in Cape Townfrom March 20 - April 20, 2012.
Participating artists and alumni from the Rijksakademie are: Claire Harvey (UK/NL), Milena Bonila (Colombia), Leonid Tsvetkov (RU/NL/USA), Kianoosh Motallebi (IR/NL),James Beckett (SA/NL).
Also participating is a.o. Julia Rose Clark (SA).
The main objective of Very Real Time is to set up the right coditions for meaningful exchange between artists working in a contemporary and global context. For exchange to be meaningful as well as ongoing, the intimate and interpersonal dimension becomes a central component to the project's content.
1. a thematic series of artists'residencies enabling the production of a series of performance-based projects.
2. workshops, conferences and artists' presentations during the residency period (in Blank Projects and Michaelis Gallery).
3. A publication and the project website/blog:
read » 2005-2006 Very Real Time II
Very Real Time II
Very Real Time 2 was a 1-month residency, taking place in Cape Town in March 2006. The project wanted to maintain the principle pursuits of the Very Real Time, but with an aim to having a critical approach to the results of the first project and also a more critical research into the personal and interpersonal realities of people in this City. Whereas the first project focused on non-object-based and performative projects, emphasising personal encounters on a meaningful level, Very Real Time 2 wanted to maintain the aspect of personal engagement but with a view to involving this experience in the development of a more sustained and more broadly based period of research. This also implied a more tangible presentation of the results of research and projects (web-site, curated discussions, book, as well as the artistic projects: video work, photo-series, performances etc.) The projects focussed on the use of observation and lived experience in the subjective and creative processes of the artists.
The project showed a critical interest in the forces which influence personal relationships and intimacy in the city, examining the affects of such social factors as the high rate of violence and crime in the city, the prevalence of HIV and Aids, the remnants of the apartheid mentality, the affects of a society in a dramatic state of change.
read » 2003 Very Real Time I
Very Real Time was a one-month residency for 7 artists which took place in Cape Town during September, 2003. It involved both local and overseas artists, including Michael Blum (Rijksakademie), Cinthia Marcelle, Bridget Baker, Jo O' Connor, Thembinkosi Goniwe, James Beckett (Rijksakademie) and Gregg Smith.
The focus in Very Real Time was on projects of a non-gallery and non-object based nature, preferring to concentrate on forms of exchange which are primarily social and personal..
Projects have been selected with the desire to promote art of a socially engaged nature without setting preconditions of large-scale inclusivity or overt moral, political or social relevance in the work. While these aspects were not discounted, it was hoped that projects would engage viewers and participants in their own personal reality in a way which would be insightful and challenging for both artist participant/spectator.