Very Real Time is a contemporary art project based in Cape Town, South Africa. It focuses on addressing the social and cultural residues of the apartheid era which continue to demarcate the city. Very Real Time is a registered non-profit association and was originally conceived as part of the RAIN Network at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam).
FAR OUT (Atlantis)
Since 2018, Very Real Time has been developing the FAR OUT project in Atlantis, a satellite town 50 km from Cape Town. FAR OUT is an engagement with the community dance group, SWAGG UNITED DANCE CREW. Through this collaboration between SWAGG, local artists and activists, the objective is to connect and give visibility to this isolated initiative and provide the means for it to become formalised through the building of a dance studio/youth centre.
Between 2003 and 2015, Very Real Time was primarily a 1 month residency for 5 - 7 artists, privileging the production of performative/ephemeral engagements with the city. Artists were lodged with local residents so as to quickly develop personal immersion and overcome the shock of being an outsider to the social imbalances which Cape Town presents. Collaborations frequently developed with hosts. 22 artists projects were produced by artists including : Sung Hwan Kim, Jimmy Robert, Cinthia Marcelle, Bridget Baker and Milena Bonilla.