Still from video: ‘12 minutes' by Sung Hwan Kim and a lady from the sea

Very Real Time 2

Project series and artists' exchange

Very Real Time 2 kicks off with a 1 week exhibition at the Michaelis Gallery, (Hiddingh Hall Campus, Orange Street), showing recent work by Amsterdam-based, South Korean born artist, Sung Hwan Kim. The exhibition will run from 2 – 6 October 2006 , with an opening at 7 pm on Tuesday, 3 October. There will also be an artists' presentation by Kim on Wednesday 11 October (1 – 2 pm ) in the Michaelis Lecture Theatre.

The Very Real Time 2 project series and artists' exchange runs in Cape Town during the month of October, 2006. Artists' involved include: Sung Hwan Kim (South Korea/NL), Jimmy Robert (France), Jeannine Diego Medina and Conrado Tostado (Mexico), Ed Young (SA), and Mieke van der Voort (NL).

As with the first Very Real Time which took place in Cape Town in 2003, the the artists' projects will take initial personal encounters and experiences in the city as a starting point towards examining the psychological and emotional dimensions of local daily life. The project focuses on the micro level of the intimate realm in an attempt to optimise the value of this cultural exchange. In the context of the global trends where international travel and communication have become commonplace, it has become important to ask in what way ‘high speed connections' can offer meaning to the individual through valuable and sustainable exchanges being made.

The residency is a follow-up to the Very Real Time discussion series which was held at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg and through a series of online forums, during February 2006.

Organised by Gregg Smith

Supported by: The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Development Cooperation, Stichting Doen and the RAIN Artists'Initiatives Network, and the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.