EXHIBITION ARTISTS

Eugene Arries, Jonathan Cane and Zen Marie

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Flyover: An Ethnography (Mixed media installation, Size variable)

Flyover: An Ethnography (Mixed media installation, Size variable)

Artist's Statement

French anthropologist, Marc Augé, spoke about a kind of spatial configuration peculiar to hypermodernity that he called the non-place. These places – airports and highways among others – are by definition uninhabitable. These places therefore constitute zones that are outside the ‘normal’ patterns of psychic investment and as such don’t foster emotional bonds or affectionate relationships. One cannot care about a highway. The Eastern and Southern Bypasses are such inhospitable places. They were built in the 1960s as part of the Nationalist government’s vision for Joburg. The primary function of the flyover system was to alleviate traffic congestion in the Joburg CBD. The secondary function was to facilitate the deployment of military vehicles on the perimeter of the city. These strategic and functional benefits remain the same today. While the bypasses occupy a central place in the geography of Joburg, they have seldom inspired anything in the people listening to 5FM on them, eating vetkoek under them or peeing against them. This installation combines audio, video, and still photography from both contemporary and historical sources in order to ask to what extent such a ‘non-place’ can ironically come to define the city it serves to avoid. Flyover: An Ethnography (Mixed media installation, Size variable)

Artist's Biography

Eugene Arries: Born: Cape Town, 1973. Lives and works in Johannesburg. Received his training at the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg.

Jonathan Cane
: Born: Johannesburg, 1978. Lives and works in Johannesburg. Received his Honours Degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town and is currently completing his MA in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Major exhibitions: Spier Contemporary 2007/08.

Zen Marie
: Born: 1980. Lives and works in Johannesburg. He lectured at Vega, the School of Brand Communications, and is currently a fine arts lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. Several video and photography exhibitions locally and abroad.
*Zen Marie is a Spier Contemporary 2010 winner for his other work, The Perfect Leader, done in collaboration with Jessica Gregory