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PULSE (article first published : 2000-09-19)

PULSE is an initiative set up by Durban based artist Greg Streak in conjunction with the Rijksakademie International Network (RAIN). The objective of PULSE is to create a forum in Durban for the cross-pollination of inter-cultural debate through projects organised on an annual basis. These will include South African and international cultural producers and the focus of the projects will shift each year so as to accommodate issues or debates that might carry credence at the time.

PULSE has its faint beginnings somewhere in Amsterdam a little over two years ago. Restless Palace was the working title of a proposed exhibition that Greg initiated in early 1998 during his residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The exhibition was to consist of approximately 15 young artists from the UK, Argentina, Netherlands, Israel, India, and South Africa.

“The collaborative funding proposal between the Gate Foundation and myself was positively received by the Prins Claus Fonds,” explains Greg. “However, in the end frustrating geographic logistics forced the project into a deep sleep.” Through correspondence with RAIN in early 2000, the principle focus of Restless Palace once again became a tangible possibility and the Dutch Ministry, through interactions with the Rijksakademie, facilitated the metamorphosis of the project into PULSE. This initiative aims to create at least a four-year structure to ensure that there is continuity in the resulting dialogues.

“The lack of and need for such forums in South Africa was created through the years of isolation enforced by the International Community in protest of the then apartheid government,” says Greg. “Dialogue starvation has been the logical consequence of this isolation and the necessity now to engage beyond the local is tantamount in avoiding parochialism. PULSE is therefore a vital hope in the context of the South African creative landscape.”

The (rotating) advisory committee for the year 2000 comprises Andries Botha, Virginia Mackenny, Alexander Sudheim, Storm van Rensburg and Jeremy Wafer. More details on www.PULSE PROJECTS.com




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