The Centre For the Less Good Idea at FNB JoburgArtFair 2017


1. Could I create myself Anew (1min 25sec)
by Rhett Martyn in collaboration with William Kentridge
Editor | Žana Marović
Camera | Duško Marović, Ivan Leathers
Sound recording | Gavan Eckhart
Voice | Ann Masina
Percussion | Tlale Makhene

2. Isaacs Passion (2min 11sec)
by Angus Gibson
Boxer | Isaac Hlatshwayo
Photographer | Angus Gibson
Collaborator | Motlatsi Molefe
Trainer | Manny Fernandes
Editor | Noah Cohen
Timeline | Alistair Heath
Music | Johann Sebastian Bach – St. Matthew’s Passion

3. Beast Fur (5min 5 sec)
by Jemma Kahn
Actor | Lindiwe Matshikiza
Assistant director | Nicola Pilkington
Assistant | Noah Cohen
with thanks to Michele Mathison, Stan and Lesley Kahn & Charles Van Onselen and special thanks to Lebogang Mogashoa, Joe Paine & Twilsharp Studios

4. Glitch (6min 2 sec)
by Sparks Napoli
Director | Khayelilhle Dominique Gumede
Cinematographer | Jabulani Khwela
Editor | Sparks Napoli
Actors | Molebogeng Phiri & Sparks Napoli, Bongani Gamede, Sihle Mkhwanazi, Prince Titebe, Physical ‘Sgodo’ Mazibuko, Sphiwe Makatise and Khaya Mtshali
Assistant | Noah Cohen
with thanks to Alpeka Buy & Braai, William Kentridge Studio, JeppeJozi Creative Networks, Nadia Kruger, all those at The Bomb Shelter Film Co.

5. Solving for X (4min 24sec)
by Lebogang Mashile & Jurgen Meekel
Writer & Voice Artist | Lebogang Mashile
Visual Artist| Jurgen Meekel
Sound Artist | João Orecchia, the Blind Mass Orchestra, Ann Masina & Betty Shabazz

6. Movable Maps (1min 19 sec)
by Naomi van Niekerk and Lebogang Mashile
Poet | Moveable Maps by Lebogang Mashile from “Flying Above the Sky”
Visual Artist | Naomi van Niekerk

7. Spooky Looking City (3min 2sec)
by Blessing Ngobeni
Visual Artist | Blessing Ngobeni
Digital Artist and Animator | Janus Fouché
with thanks to dancers at the Centre for the Less Good Idea Season 1

8.Trenchocracies Revisted (5min 11sec)
by Rhett Martyn
Editor | Žana Marović
Sound Artists | João Orrechia and the Blind Mass Orchestra

9. The Landscape Painter (3min)
by Janus Fouché
Performer | Julia Burnham
Digital Artist | Janus Fouché

10. Discourse on a Chair (1min)
by William Kentridge (circa 1975_
16mm animated film transferred to video

Founded by William Kentridge the Centre aims to find the less good idea by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects.

The Centre is a physical and immaterial space to pursue incidental discoveries made in the process of producing work. Often, you start with a good idea, It might seem crystal clear at first, but when you take it to the proverbial drawing board, cracks and fissures emerge in its surface, and they cannot be ignored. It is in following the secondary ideas, those less good ideas coined to address the first idea’s cracks, that the Centre nurtures, arguing that in the act of playing with an idea, you can recognise those things you didn’t know in advance but knew somewhere inside of you.

The Centre is a space to follow impulses, connections and revelations. It’s a physical space for artists to come together over two seasons every year and for curators to bring together combinations of text, performance, image and dance. The Centre believes an ensemble sees the world differently to how one individual does. It is a safe space for failure, for projects to be tried and discarded because they do not work. It’s a space for short formwork which doesn’t have a natural home in a theatre or gallery.

Season 1 culminated in a festival in March 2017. The Centre hosted over 60 practitioners from across the artistic disciplines. Multiple collaborations took place over a 6-month workshop and development period. A number of these collaborations resulted in short films.



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