Due to high moisture levels and late frost, the weather is not conducive for the ‘Locust and Grasshopper’ #Firegrazer prescribed burn on 20 May 2017. Bob Connolly from Working on Fire stated today that “with climate change the weather is becoming a problem. Where they traditionally start burning beginning of May, they have had the same problem with unexpected late rain. The grass was almost cured enough to start burning but has greened up and is too wet to burn. Their fire break burning plans in the Kruger National Park will also be delayed there by about a month.”
Thus this performance burn will move to 24 June 2017 at 14:00 (Alternatively, 25 June 2017). This kind of postponement draws attention to Coetzee’s art practice that interprets human awareness of ecological shifts in the Anthropocene era. An art/science partnership such as this contributes to building awareness around the adaptive resilience we need to develop in our ecological environment.
Join us for the #FireGrazer 2 Art/Science veldfire
‘Locust and Grasshopper’ 2017 by Hannelie Coetzee
at Nirox Sculpture Park, 24th June 2017
On 24th June 2017 Coetzee will present the second Art/Science #FireGrazer performance at the NIROX Sculpture Park, in partnership with University of the Witwatersrand scientists Sally Archibald (Ecologist) and James Harrison (Entomologist), Working on Fire, NIROX Sculpture Park, Lizamore & Associates and 5D Surveys. This performance entails the live burning of new imagery onto the grasslands, using art as a tool to communicate complex systems and build awareness of pressing ecological issues.
(Should weather not permit for the performance to take place on Saturday 24th June, it will be moved to Sunday 25th June).
The audience will join the artist on a 6-km hike to view the #Firegrazer performance followed by an exclusive small solo exhibition at the NIROX Sculpture park pavilion, curated by Lizamore & Associates. The hike will pass some world-famous artworks, and allow the audience to experience the beauty of the Highveld grassland. This performance also grants the audience access to the beautiful NIROX Reserve.
Buy tickets here http://niroxarts.nutickets.co.za/Firegrazer
Program (subject to change):
** Guests are welcome to arrive earlier as the NIROX Winter Sculpture Exhibition will be open from 10h00 to 17h00.
Audience meet at the NIROX Pavilion to start the 3km uphill hike to the artwork/field study site. (35 minutes for fast hikers 1 hour for strollers).
16h30 – 17h00
The audience meets the firefighters on-site then settle on the spectators’ site with a complimentary sundowner from Mad Giant.
Working on Fire performs prescribed veld fire performance of Locust and Grasshopper.
The audience walks back downhill to the NIROX pavilion after the #Firegrazer burn (30 min hike with headlamps/phone lights and lanterns along the way. Sunsets at 5H30 so it will be a brisk hike).
18h30 – 21h00
Warm streetstyle dinner.
Exhibition opens in association with Lizamore & Associated of at the NIROX Pavilion.
- All ages welcome who can walk 6km round-trip.
- This weather dependent art/science intervention needs to have a flexible audience.
- Please make sure you are prepared for the hike with comfortable shoes, hats, sunblock etc.
- Tickets price is R420 for adults R200 for kids (kids under 4 has free access), includes dinner and a complimentary drink.
- Cash bar by Meridian Wine Merchants available at the NIROX Pavilion after the performance.
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