(CO)PRODUCTION: An exhibition of photographic, video and performance based works by MYER TAUB 10.04 – 04.05.2013
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(CO)PRODUCTION presents a selection of performances, photographic and video based works by the artist, and academic Myer Taub. The exhibition delves into such topics as the role of history, memory, the archive as repository of experience, the positioning of the perfomative in a non-theatre environment and the role of collaboration between artists in the production of work. In its multifaceted scope the exhibition investigates the artist’s attempts to foster a dialogue of co-currency and co-productivity between the urban terrains he currently occupies - Pretoria / Tshwane and Johannesburg. He strongly believes in establishing comparative yet productive spaces between the two metropolitan centers so as to foster a critical practice that will initiate growth and development specifically in the field of the creative and performing arts. This will be achieved by flipping the order Myer follows and by doing so establish a productive conduit between two urban centers. By extension the motivation is to suggest alternate methods of working as an artist, academic and researcher suggesting a constellation of practice and platform in order to perforate the enclosures of cities and provide innovative ways to generate new kinds of critical art practices in urban spaces. During the (CO) Production programme, ROOM (in Braamfontein, Johannesburg) will become the locus for a series of performances (based on the artist’s research into the un/located theatre as sites for both dramatic encounter and a performance platform), lectures, and archive between the two cities, while Pretoria will situate him as the director and producer of a site-specific project called “American Junk/Euro Trash” with five students from University of Pretoria’s Drama Department. More specifically, the presentation at ROOM will consist of selection of video works created in collaboration with other artists, a series of photographic works based on autobiographical fragments, and as mentioned above performance based work, taking place every Wednesday during the course of the exhibition. The work contributes to the fields of: the development of individual and collaborative practice, performance art, applied drama, practice as research, visual arts, urban studies and inter-cultural studies, and its diversity is reflected in its interdisciplinary nature. SCHEDULED EVENTS IN JOHANNESBURG Exhibition Opening: [co]production Wednesday,10 April 2013 at 18h00 Exhibition runs from 10 April - 4 May 2013 Scheduled performances at ROOM: Wednesday performances: 10th, 17th & 24 April at ROOM from 09h00 – 18h00 Taub will perform a series of interventions, lectures and spontaneous acts of creativity in the ROOM Gallery - Juta Street, Braamfontein SCHEDULED EVENTS IN TSHWANE/PRETORIA Premiere: American Junk & Euro Trash Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 19h00 at the Belgrave Hotel, Play runs from 17 - 21 April 2013 BELGRAVE HOTEL 22 Railway Street, Pretoria Station Tshwane/Pretoria For Bookings: 012 420 2558 Screening: Muscle Jew Part I & II Video work by the collective Against Jealousy Drama Department, Seminar Room University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus Scheduled screenings: Wednesday 10, 17 & 24 April 2013 09h00 - 16h00 The exhibition is made possible with support from BASA, University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Humanities and ROOM ABOUT THE ARTIST Myer Taub is a multi-disciplinary creative arts practitioner who constructs, performs, produces and writes in theatre visual arts, urban exploration, heritage, film and treasure hunts. Taub teaches in the Drama Department at the University of Pretoria. Here his field of interest is to engage with the complexities of practice-as-research; so as to develop creative and intellectual facilities through experiential learning; and promote a working process and a mode of performance conducive to the development of artist as scholar. He was recently awarded a Research Development Award (RDP) by his university to undertake a key area in his research “of what it means to co-produce public space as a site to stage (un) located theatre”. The research theme of this award occurs predominantly in the city of Tshwane / Pretoria. He has had research work published in several accredited peer review journals including Art South Africa, South African South African Journal of Art History.