The Parking Gallery: Experimental practice and the artist-run initiative in South Africa

Cook, Robyn (2016) The Parking Gallery: Experimental practice and the artist-run initiative in South Africa. De Arte, 51 (1). pp. 57-73. ISSN 0004-3389

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Abstract / Summary

In a contemporary South African context of arts production and exhibition, there are few spaces or arenas dedicated to the development and presentation of experimental and non-commercial projects. This ‘void’ has become increasingly evident amidst the growing interest in social and participative aesthetics within artistic production which include (but are not limited to) relational, collaborative and dialogical art. In this research article I examine the emergence of the artist-run initiative (ARI) as a means to address the lack of ‘exhibition’ space available for the presentation of said practices. In particular, I explore the Parking Gallery, from its first brief incarnation as a project space, to its current form as a malleable, participative, non-commercial platform. I discuss the influence of Gush’s practice on the gallery, and how his overarching interest in autonomous-Marxism has influenced its socialistic approach to the institutionalisation of art. Moreover, I posit that this methodology provides a valuable (albeit fallible) prototype for the potentialities of non-traditional economies (trade, collective funding and so on) within a South African arts landscape defined by funding deficits and a commercially driven art market.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 0004-3389
Subjects: Arts > Miscellaneous
Arts > Fine Art
Courses by Department: The School of Communication Design > Graphic Design
Depositing User: Robyn Cook
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2016 14:31
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 14:31
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/1775

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