SMC takes on South Africa

SMC takes on South Africa

06. November 2016

In June 2016, the groundwork of SMC South Africa was done in HAUS#99 by the friendship of Once We Were Islands and Juliana Irene Smith. So after the SMC at Kunsthalle Basel we leave for Cape Town and Joburg:

LET’S WINNER – Social Muscle Club Cape Town style
ARTISTS: Matthew King, Thug Nation, Fanie Buys, Liza Grobler, Raees Saiet and DJ ST(E)AK
*Many prizes to be given…the big one – the winner of the Artist in Residence at SKÖVDKE ART MUSEUM in SWEDEN #clogsarecool #meatballlove
WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2016
Doors Open 6pm
Game and Performances 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Scalabrini Refugee Center
47 Commercial St, 8001 Cape Town

SOCIAL MUSCLE CLUB takes on JOHANNESBURG
ARTISTS:  Anthea Moys, Roberto Pombo, Khujto Green, Koeks Confection, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Ed Young and DJ ST(E)AK
SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2016 
Doors Open 6pm
Game and Performances 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Troyeville Hotel
Albertina Sisulu Rd,
2139 Johannesburg

+ INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS to PERFORM and PLAY in both CITIES:
BENEDIKT WYSS, VALERIE RENAY, TAYFUN SCHULZKE and CHRISTOPH SCHÖN

ALMA MARTHA has asked members of the SOCIAL MUSCLE CLUB team from Berlin and Basel to come to South Africa as mentors and performance artists for the first ever Social Muscle Club in South Africa. SMC is an interactive game of participation and with sharing of performance gifts. ALMA MARTHA invited local artists to create the space and those to perform.

SMC examines our practice with urban communities in response to the question: How can we face our fears? It begins with personal fears, from facing up to asking for help to confronting stage fright, and ʻjumping over our own shadows.’ The outcome of these interactions open the idea of expanding practice to take in the urgent social and political questions of our time – issues such as inequality, social separation, disconnection and apathy. SMC asks, ‘does changing ourselves initiate change in our neighborhoods, our cities, the world?’ From this initial phase of training with one another, an underlying principle emerges: Through art, can we foster our capacity and potential?
(We are crossing our fingers)! #yeswhythehellnot

The evening is free of charge and offers incredible performances, music that will make your bootie shake, art interventions, plus munchies, some drinks and more.

We hope you come and play.
And in case you forgot …
ALMA MARTHA is not your mother. #getwild


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