Your guide to: #ULTRACONTEMPORARY#EMERGENCYART#AFRICA / by aaron kohn

1. ULTRACONTEMPORARY

If contemporary art encompasses a time period of the last 20+ years, then how current or relevant is it? According to Directors of the Copenhagen Ultracontemporary Biennale, and Curators of #ULTRACONTEMPAFRICA at MOAD, Thierry Geoffroy / COLONEL + Tijana Miskovic, contemporary art lacks impact.

Ultracontemporary instead, predicates itself on immediacy; work that deals with now. Artwork which is made in the last 24 hours is ultracontemporary.

2. EMERGENCY ART

Some art is aesthetic, philosophical, experimental, while other is historical. Emergency Art however, is prescient. It tackles problems, untold stories, and may be political or controversial. The creator becomes a journalist, detective, or advocate. Thierry and Tijana believe that artists should exercise their awareness muscles.

3. EXHIBIT

Starting on Friday June 10, and every day through 24 June, a group of artists who have applied to participate from around the world, will create emergency art to exhibit at MOAD. The art can be no older than 24 hours.

Every day:

    1:40pm - 2:00pm The installation of the art.

    2:00pm - 3:30pm Presentations by the artists and debates with the public.

Inside MOAD, a Delay Museum (home to contemporary art) will display the results of the exhibit until 31 July

4. AFRICA DAY + YOUTH MONTH

June 16 falls within the exhibition. This year, the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Youth Uprising, which marked a moment in the struggle against the Apartheid and captured the world’s attention, will be remembered throughout South Africa and the world. In #ULTRACONTEMPAFRICA Sowetan, South African, Born Free, and foreign–artists from different backgrounds–will have a chance to contribute to working on the status quo of South Africa, Johannesburg, and the world.

5. SHARING

Watch for #ULTRACONTEMPAFRICA our abbreviated hashtag on social media. You can of course join the debate there, and share your impressions, questions, and thoughts.