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MID YEAR RED EYE (article first published : 2005-03-9)

The Mid year Red Eye will be held in collaboration with the Mercury Durban Designer Collection on May 13 and 14. The event will mark the dawning of a new era for the Durban inner city and will be entitled Urban Edge. This event will offer a unique opportunity to witness the profound influence of Urban Rejuvenation on the evolution of our new democratic Durban, e'Thekwini, KwaZulu-Natal identity.

“For a number of years creative forces have been grappling with this new emerging identity,” say the Red Eye organisers. “Attention has been drawn to South Africa by this distinctive new style, movement or era. It is our intention that this event reflects these qualities which have become synonymous with creativity from within our region. This new-found optimism and confidence often eludes definition. Perhaps it is a defiant flamboyance characterized by innovative fusions of traditional Zulu, Indian and post-colonial sub-cultures which continually reinvent themselves?

“We are calling on people to participate in this exciting transformation of our inner city - to make artwork, dance, poetry, to walk Durban's streets, to embrace and stake your claim in our new history.”

Red Eye is looking to create a Historical Presence by facilitating six large-scale, outdoor works to be presented in the Settlers Square precinct in front of the Durban City Hall. These could be performance related, sculptural, or interventions into existing structures. They could also be works which are already in existence and would benefit from re-interpretation in a new context.

On the theme of Urban Migration, the search is for 50 mobile works inspired by re-invention of the use of the 'Shopping Trolley': mobile vending, recycling of scrap metal and paper, mobile homes, informal transport or other solutions to Urban Renewal.

In terms of Traditional Dress, Red Eye seeks two-dimensional works that will be hung in a corridor of the City Hall as a Salon Style Exhibition. These works must be framed or ready for installation. Either new or existing works may be submitted, relating to notions of dress as a form of Durban identity - traditional or contemporary. These works will be for sale throughout the duration of the event.

For Word on the Street, a stage will be set up to facilitate performance-based work: poetry, dance, music and street-buskers. This work needs to be inspired around themes of Rejuvenation of Urban Pride and a celebration of cultural heritage.

Proposals for these categories must include a statement of intent; sketch/s where applicable; lighting and sound requirements if applicable; technical requirements; a production timetable, and a budget. Also included must be contact information including full name, address and contact numbers (also email address if available).

Funding will be granted at the selectors' discretion. All participants will be required to work in close conjunction with the curators. All proposals need to be submitted by March 10. No late submissions will be considered. Proposals can be hand delivered to the Durban Art Gallery, City Hall, Smith Street (Mark for attention: Red Eye)

Proposals can also be emailed to Turnerl@prcsu.durban.gov.za All works will be subject to documentation of both production and end product.

For more information call Tamlyn Martin on 082 360 3465 or Liana Turner on 031 311 2268.




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