'Atlantis, aerial view, apartheid housing, circa 1980
The new phase of Very Real Time will be focused in the suburb of Atlantis. Located 70 kilometres north of Cape Town, Atlantis is a phenomenon of the forced removals of the apartheid era in the city. Between the 1960’s and 80’s, non-white families living in mixed-racial neighborhoods close to the city were moved to newly constructed outlying suburbs. Communities were not simply broken up, but generations of families were separated, meaning that children grew up untended by grandparents, while their parents traveled long distances to and from work. This led directly to gangsterism and drug-dealing which continue plague these suburbs.
The Atlantis Project focuses on the relationship between with the voice, the body and urban space. Performance, video and social media are used to enable new perceptions of personal narratives and the way in which these are inscribed in the urban history. The project is being developed simulteneously with high schools in Atlantis and in Paris (France). Pilot workshops will be carried out in both cities in early 2019.
The long-term goal is to develop the Media Hub as a means of employment, expression and self-empowerment for young people in Atlantis, as they are introduced to journalism and the media.
In Cape Town, the project is being developed in close collaboration with A4 Arts Foundation and Impact Media Youth Hub in Atlantis.
The Atlantis Project has received initial development funding from the Direction Régionale des affaires culturelles d'Île-de-France.