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22 April - 22 April 2018

4:00PM - 5:30PM

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Location: Scheryn Collection Arena, Level 0

Repurposed: Art Spaces in the Urban Environment

Over the past decade, we have witnessed great changes in local cityscapes, particularly with the increase of art institutes (galleries, museums, artists’ studios) in urban spaces and previously industrial areas. Does this upsurge in the creative economy lead to urban renewal and if so, what are the implications? How does this impact on the socio-economic status of the local community? Join the conversation at Zeitz MOCAA as specialists in the fields of architecture, urban design and city planning debate this topic.

Repurposed: Art Spaces in the Urban Environment is a panel discussion with Marcela Guerrero Casas, the co-founder and managing director of Open Streets Cape Town, Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Centre for Cities, Sumayya Vally from Counterspace, an experimental architecture and research firm in Johannesburg, and Marijke Tymbios, the Mikael Kamras and Fredrik Oweson Assistant Curator of Sculpture at Zeitz MOCAA.

This event is free but RSVP is required as seating is limited to 100 guests. Please email marijke.tymbios@zeitzmocaa.museum t secure your seat.

About Marcela Guerrero:
Marcela Guerrero Casas, Co-founder and Managing Director, Open Streets Cape Town, South Africa.

Marcela is passionate about cities, public space and most importantly, people. Her personal and professional drive emanates from connecting with others and contributing to improving the place where she lives. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Marcela lived in the US for most of her adult life before moving to South Africa in 2006. Marcela holds a Masters in Public Administration and International Affairs from Syracuse University. She has worked in policy and advocacy for almost ten years in organisations that include The Carter Center, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Fairtrade Africa. Marcela moved to Johannesburg in 2006 and worked in Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Kenya before moving permanently to Cape Town in 2011. Marcela is also a co-founder of Otro SUR, a platform for cultural exchange between Latin American and Sub-Saharan African countries and was a contributor to the African Centre for Cities’ Serious Fun project in 2014.

About Edgar Pieterse:
Edgar Pieterse holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town and serves as Director of the African Centre for Cities. His research and teaching gravitate around urban development politics, everyday culture, publics, radical social economies, responsive design and adaptive governance systems. Since 2017, he has been convening the Integration Syndicate which is a forum of diverse leaders from across Cape Town reflecting on the imperatives and challenges of integrating the city. This builds on earlier work that manifested in the City Desired exhibition that he co-curated with Tau Tavengwa. He also Chaired a Panel of Experts that supported the South African government in formulating the Integrated Urban Development Framework of South Africa. Other aspects of his practice involves promoting pan-African urban research and policy networks, apart from his own independent research and teaching. He is a co-author with AbdouMaliq Simone of: New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times (2017) and recent co-edited books: Africa’s Urban Revolution (2014) and Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (2013).

About Sumayya Vally:
Digital collage and a forensic approach to space expose Sumayya’s particular obsession with deconstructing and reconstructing image and space. Whether unpacking the city through a microscope, or satellite imagery, Sumayya has a particular interest in exposing the parts of its constituency which are largely invisible. Her interests have admitted her into a host of prominent conceptual and investigatory projects, including a position as assistant curator and film producer for La Biennale di Venezia 2014 (South African Pavilion). In 2015, she co-founded the experimental architecture and research firm, Counterspace. She currently teaches design at the University of Johannesburg as co-leader of Unit 12, An African Almanac, at the Graduate School of Architecture, Johannesburg.

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