Very Real Time is a contemporary art project based in Cape Town, South Africa. It focuses on performative, ephemeral and relational art projects, addressing the social and cultural obstacles which continue to demarcate the city as a result of the apartheid era. The project is run by Gregg Smith, who originates from Cape Town and lives in Paris. Very Real Time is a registered non-profit association in France. This project is a member of the RAIN Network at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.
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.
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 A4 Art Foundation, the objective is to connect and give visibility to this isolated initiative and provide the means for it to become formalised.