Rodney Place – seminar

“Through a glass, darkly.

The studio will explore the intersection, or perhaps better the augmentation of what we accept as the two realities in which we now live. The aim is to come to grips with and extend ideas of “public space” in this era of two realities.

The vehicle for this exploration will be the windows that have dominated a period beginning in the late 80’s – the shop window and the computer screen. During this period, desire and the presentation of the self have been the promise, even premise of a new world (social?) order held together by electricity.

The studio will employ the methods and techniques of both realities to establish the grounds for possible intersections and extensions into urban intervention and design.”


Rodney Place’s multi-disciplinary and multi-media work focuses largely on art and urbanism, whether as satirical commentary, activism, or permanent installation. He works thematically with different elements making up a project, fashion, photography, drawing, painting and sculpture, video and performance works.

Rodney Place makes large-scale sculpture/land-art/urban installations, such as The Lost World of the Pacific – Nowhere’s Arc (1996); Flight from Egypt (1997); City Bowl (1997); African Bowl (2001); New Skins-New Skeletons (2003), – as well as performance and video works – Couch Dancing (1996); The Washing of the Soaps (2000); RETREKS unSUNg CITY (2000); City without Walls (2004); Pole-Land (1st version 2005); F..klore (2006-). Retreks (1999-2002) explored emerging Johannesburg through four social viewpoints and Infections of the Void (2002-) bridges between the post-territories of South Africa and Central Europe.

Rodney studied at the Architectural Association in London, and has lived and worked in over 20 countries, presenting his work to a variety of audiences and at festivals worldwide. In 1982, he founded The Laboratory of Uncertainty, a ten-year collaborative project involving installation and fiction writing, offering studios as a visiting artist/architect throughout the USA and Canada. In 1996, he founded in Johannesburg, ZAR Works, an art, architecture and production company.

Tuesday 8/11/2011 – 10h00 till 17h00
9/11/2011 – 10h00 till 17h00
10/11/2011 – 10h00 till 17h00


Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art & Design

Transmedia – Paleizenstraat 70 – 1030 Brussels – Belgium


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