2020 GPS Projects
Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)

GPS © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Six projects have been chosen to be supported with grants of R60,000 each

The Goethe-Institut is proud to announce the six projects which have been selected for support as part of its 2020 Goethe Project Space (GPS) programme, a multi-disciplinary roving project space. The programme supports work realised all over South Africa ranging from workshops to exhibitions, events and performances; including visual art, literature, film, music, dance and theatre projects. An independent jury of arts professionals, made up of Vanessa Cooke, Doung Jahangeer, Thato Mokgotsi and Zara Julius selected the following GPS projects for 2020:
 
Johannesburg Lasts (Fairmount, Gauteng)
Tender

Tender is an initiative in which the Johannesburg Lasts project works with the municipal sports club (an area demarcated as a commons) as a potential alternative art space. Johannesburg Lasts (Andrei Van Wyk, Tara Weber, Karin Tan, Ruth Sacks, Skye Quadling, Naadira Patel and Jarrett Erasmus) will engage with the Fairmount Bowls Club in 2020, setting up food and music events.
 
Gaby Saranouffi (Khayelitsha, Western Cape)
#MOI

When the body has been abused, raped, destroyed, devastated, what’s left? The dance piece was created to fight against the violence towards women and children. #MOI is a dance project that draws on the values ​​and moral concepts of the ancestral concept from Madagascar.
 
Mthobisi Maphumulo (Durban, KwaZulu-Natal)
Rebirth Art Project

Rebirth Art Project is a platform that introduces young people to art through participation in a Saturday art class at the Ikomkhulu Art Space. The class includes visits to museums, art galleries and art centres.
 
Pandeani Liphosa (Durban, KwaZulu-Natal)
A Gqom Spatial Investigation

This Project explores how culture (Gqom) is produced at the intersection of sound and space in eThekwini’s township of Umlazi. By mapping out new [sound] systems, narratives and sites of speculation, Gqom is used as a lens through which our past, present and futures are re-imagined.
 
Skhumbuzo Makandula (Mgwali village, Eastern Cape)
Ingoma kaTiyo Soga

Ingoma kaTiyo Soga is a multimedia exhibition which will be used as a catalyst to facilitate art workshops focusing on mapping out and contextualizing the history of the Mgwali community through photographs and video making. The mission of this project is to use facilitation of art as included in Ingoma kaTiyo exhibition to illuminate various forms of archiving and to narrate untold histories.
 
Xolani Ngesi (New Brighton, Eastern Cape)
Singqokwana’s Dream Deferred

Singqokwana’s Dream Deferred tells the unfortunate story of how a leader’s dream for the cultural development of New Brighton Township died in the hands of those he led. This theatre performance makes use of song, media projection and the unapologetic theatrical delivery mentored by Dr. Winston Ntshona from The Serpent Players.
 
 
The Goethe-Institut would like to congratulate the selected projects and looks forward to working with each of them in 2020!
 
We also like to thank everyone who submitted proposals for this call. The proposals were of a very high standard, and it was not simple to make a selection of the six projects we could support. We wish all applicants the very best with the important work they are doing.
 
The next open call for proposals will launch in April 2020, with deadline in August 2020. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned!