Quiet Emergency

Quiet Emergency
Quiet Emergency
Quiet Emergency

Quiet Emergency - choreo Gilbert Douglas from margie mackay on Vimeo.

Infecting the City (ITC) is a 'public arts' festival in South Africa, that stages and exhibits high-quality, thought-provoking, boundary breaking works in the city of Cape Town's communal spaces. The works are free and accessible to everybody.

Cape Town: a patchwork map of dislocation, where communities are separated by history and inequality, isolated by high walls and indifference. Every community has its boundaries, each interaction its limitations … we live in a state of quiet emergency.

A weeklong experiment, Quiet Emergency blurs the grid of this rigid map and creates a halfway meeting space. Incorporating the marginalised people of our City – street children, sex workers, security guards, street cleaners – and professional performers, this interactive ritual honours that which unites us as human beings, that which gives us connection, hope and continuity.

Quiet Emergency was a collaboration created by Anthea Moys, Gilbert Douglas & Margie Mackay

The following generous funding was provided for the participation of these artists in the ITC residency by:

Pro Helvetia and Art Moves Africa – Gilbert Douglas.
The Victorian Government through Arts Victoria – Margie Mackay.


Copy of Song of Ourselves Quiet Emergency Video collection Illuminated By Fire Gathering of the City Ceremony Longing Belonging Land Dreamtime @ the G - 2010 & 2011 The Aviatrix Inside Light Green

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