HOTEL YEOVILLE

: Kurgan (T.)

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254 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2013

 

"'Hotel Yeoville' was a participatory public art project, conceptualised and directed by Terry Kurgan. It was based online and in the public library of Yeoville on the eastern edge of Johannesburg's inner city. Kurgan developed the project in collaboration with a diverse group of people working across a range of disciplines. It comprised a website (www.hotelyeoville.co.za), a photo wall and a series of booths in which members of the public were invited to offer stories about themselves through mapping, video, photography and text, using various digital interfaces and social media applications...This book presents new critical perspectives on contemporary artistic research and practice, and is a remarkable documentation of the complex set of negotiations - between artists, residents, consultants and audience - that brought the work into being." from the back cover

Contributions include:
"A Public Variation on the Theme of Love" by Alexandra Dodd
"Ways of Belonging" by Alexander Opper
"Yo! Peeps!! my guest today is...Weeell...it's me!" by Tegan Bristow
"A View from the Side" by John Spiropoulos
"A Space to Occupy" by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
"Relational Politics" by Zen Marie & Terry Kurgan

Terry Kurgan lives and works in Johannesburg, where she runs an active studio and public-sphere practice. She has won numerous awards, including the FNB Vita Art Award (2010). "Hotel Yeoville" was shortlisted for the 2012 International Award for Excellence in Public Art (IAPA).