+++ 25 September 2020: The Octopus Programme hosted the first workshop of The Geometry of Trespassing project.
+++ 10 November 2020: Talk by Bronwyn Lace: ANIMATEURING | A reflection on my part at the Centre for the Less Good Idea
+++ 26 January 2021: Conversation between Lisl Ponger and William Kentridge
+++ 10 March 2021: Lecture performance by Egle Oddo—as an iteration of the research-based project Performative Habitats
26 January 2020: Conversation between Lisl Ponger and William Kentridge. This performance, curated by Bronwyn Lace and Basak Senova, is the first collaboration of the programme with the Centre for the Less Good Idea and the Octopus Programme. It will take place simultaneously at William Kentridge’s studio in Johannesburg and the university gallery in the Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Vienna; it will be streamed and recorded.
The Centre for the Less Good Idea, based in Johannesburg, South Africa is founded by artist William Kentridge, the Centre aims to find the less good idea by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects. Since its inception the Centre has hosted IN CONVERSATION, often leveraging off existing opportunities and identifying remarkable individuals and fellow artists/thinkers in to spontaneous conversations with Kentridge. In this connection Ponger and Kentridge will speak to one another from their respective cities and spaces of work about their approaches to generating work and the points where their work coincides.
10 March 2021: Lecture performance by Egle Oddo—as an iteration of the research-based project Performative Habitats (12.11.2020-30.09.2021). Performative Habitats includes a series of exhibitions, actions, events, and lectures in Zagreb, Palermo, Rome, Vienna, Tunis, Mänttä and Helsinki, culminating with an installation en plein air at the XXV Mänttä Festival of Visual Arts, held in Finland in June 2021.
The project is curated by Lori Adragna and includes several creative moments which will be rendered as a monographic publication produced in collaboration with postmediabooks publishing house, Milan. Performative Habitats merges biology, botany, and natural sciences with the varied languages of artistic disciplines. At a historical moment that sees climate change among our primary emergencies, the artist aims to convert everyday practices and establish new production methods that are sustainable for the environment.