The notion of public space will be in the spotlight at the V&A Silo District as engagement unfolds around a programme of talks, debate and performance, hosted at the Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) from 17 January to 17 February 2019. The month-long #FREESPACE programme provides a platform to discuss and engage with the concept of space various perspectives.

The programme includes temporary exhibitions, artistic interventions, talks as well as an online and social media campaign.

The initiative emerges against the backdrop of the Venice Biennale in Italy. Alternating every year between Art and Architecture, the exhibition and festival has established a global reputation. The theme of the 2018 edition, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, was ‘FREESPACE’, chosen to describe “a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda”. Due to South Africa’s absence from that Biennale, #FREESPACE is a platform to provoke local response to this curatorial proposition from experts and general public alike.

Debate on spatial issues including sustainable use, rights to space and ownership, shared meaning and how it can express the multiplicity of evolving contemporary identities, is critical in South Africa and especially in a city like Cape Town where space is highly contested. #FREESPACE aims to create a temporary space of meaningful engagement, disentangling some of the aspects informing the production and habitation of space.

All events take place at the Zeitz MOCAA in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

17 January 2019
16:30 to 17:30
Where is my space?

19 January 2019
15:00 to 16:00
Follow the Chicken

16:30 to 19:00
Chicken Run

23 January 2019
16:30 to 17:30
New markets – new forms of exchange

24 January 2019
16:30 to 20:00

26 January 2019
10:00 to 17:30
Freespace… Treasure Hunt

26 January 2019
15:00 to 16:00
Space and pluralities of being

30 January 2019
16:30 to 17:30
Shared space – towards new collective living?

31 January 2019
16:30 to 17:30
Future space

2 February 2019
15:00 to 16:00
Gender in space

6 February 2019
16:30 to 17:30
Urban space: Sexual health and desire

7 February 2019
16:30 to 17:30
Venice to Langa… in search of free space

9 February 2019
15:00 to 16:00
Places of remembrance

16:00 to 17:00
Free flow

13 February 2019
16:30 to 17:30
Future city… Digital city

14 February 2019
16:30 to 17:30
Touching the ephemeral

17 February 2019
15:00 to 16:00
New places of memory – closing performance

‘What does #FREESPACE mean for you?’
Share what #FREESPACE means to you on Instagram and Twitter.

For more information go the #FREESPACE website.