About the event:
‘Lessons in Transformation_The Speech’ is a site-specific performance by Katherine Bull and Warren Editions taking place at the Cape Town City Hall. The performance is dedicated to the occasion of Nelson Mandela making his first public speech, on the verandah of the City Hall, on 11 February 1990 – the day of his release from prison. The performance is part of EDITIONS CPT and the Open Design Festival. Also occurring alongside the performance is the exhibition HOST organised by EDITIONS CPT.
Katherine Bull will interpret by means of engraving onto perspex the projecting moving image of Mandela’s speech. The artist will distill the moving image by into the four process colours – yellow, magenta, cyan and black. These will become the matrices for a colour combination print. Printing will take place while Bull is engraving the matrices. Bringing together a partnership of mark-making and the impression of these marks in ink on substrate. The performance spreads out in two rooms – one dedicated to a satellite studio space for Warren Editions. The imprint of the matrices over one another blends the four process colours into a full chroma of the moving image interpreted by Katherine Bull.
Katherine Bull is a practising artist and part-time lecturer in Visual Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. She has exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad, and prior to her involvement in the University of Cape Town spent ten years lecturing in the Visual Arts department of the University of Stellenbosch. Over the last ten years her work has investigated the impact of the digital on printmaking and the archive, as well as the manner in which visual representation functions (or dysfunctions) in mediating the body’s orientation in time and space. These ideas have been developed and explored in her series data project (2004-present), a sequence of digital drawing performances. And, more recently in projects working in analogue mediums from digital sources.
Steered by printmaker and owner Zhané Warren, Warren Editions is a dynamic, printmaking studio and project space. In collaboration with established as well as emerging artists, Warren Editions prints and publishes high quality original fine art prints, with a focus on etching, photogravure, monotype and relief. The by-monthly exhibitions hosted by Warren Editions Projects showcases the work produced in the studio as well as actively promoting printmaking as a contemporary medium of art practice. At Warren Editions value is placed on projects that contribute meaningfully to the discourse of contemporary art and culture in South Africa. Warren Editions is associated with a number of exciting local and international artists, including: Sanell Aggenbach, Jan Henri Booyens, Katherine Bull, Tom Cullberg, Georgina Gratrix, Anton Kannemeyer, Gerhard Marx, Brett Murray, Christian Nerf, Jody Paulsen, Michael Taylor, Ina van Zyl and Toon Verhoef.
Location: Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street
Darling Street, Cape Town