What is SUPERDREAM?
Jeppe Park/Windmill Hills Superdream, in partnership with The Trinity Session and Sticky Situations in Johannesburg and Isis Arts and The Swallows Foundation in Gateshead (UK), is a public art intervention that connects the communities of these two cities through creative engagement in two urban parks.
The project promotes creative practice and interaction in public spaces that are otherwise limited by negative perception and safe access. The two locations, though on different continents are both at a tipping point of change and regeneration. This project explores our collective history and memory of the urban environment and introduces artistic practice as a tool for engagement with the communities that use these parks in each city.
To overcome the physical and psychological barriers to creative engagement in the city, The Trinity Session will work with a representative selection of established and emerging artists, and members of the economically diverse communities found surrounding Jeppe Park and adjacent to the new urban development; Maboneng Precinct, on the edge of Johannesburg Central.
With the Windmills Event having taken place on 2 May, to a the GIFT Festival audience in Gateshead, the UK and SA artists are working towards the finale at Jeppe Park on the 19 July.
With the SA artists in the process of developing three site-specific short films and various public art interventions and the UK team refining and evolving theIr works for a collaboration on site, the event promises to be spectacular.
With 6 of the UK artists now confirmed to come to SA in advance of the event, the extent of the collaboration and design of the event is going to increase in exchange and impact.