A project by Marcus Neustetter

in collaboration with

Aja Marneweck / Ciara Struwig / Elrico Plaatjies  / Heslin Fortuin / Herman Witbooi / Jeandre Jambo / Johannes Deetlefs / Manzikazi Scota / Mark Edwards / Mariette Erwee / Miné Kleynhans / Nataniël Pokwas / Ofentse Letebele / Paul Setate / Perseverance Mavuso / Reginald Milanzi / Reitumetse Lebatla / Selanvor Platjies / Sifiso Teddy Mhlambi / Sylvia Kalane / Thulisile Princess Binda  / Violet Isaacs / Wayne Reddiar / Wendy Menong / Xolisile Bongwana  / Zanda Nosenga

Developed in partnership with the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), an initiative of the University of the Free State and the Vrystaat Art Festival, generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

with the participation of The Trinity Session, Net vir Pret in Barrydale and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape

Project website with films, images and activities


As a continuation of the award-winning participatory film and performance events in 2018 Sig/Sight and 2019 The Vertical Journey, Marcus Neustetter returns with a third reimagined experimental performance in 2020. This time in virtual space and on participating devices across Bloemfontein, South Africa and beyond. 

Performative films evoking journeys of discovery and wonder were initially shown at Naval Hill Planetarium and are now brought into the digital domain. A series of free public online events and exhibitions layer these journeys through space and time with a playful series of acts that sit in the tension between art and science, the urban and the rural, the mythical and the embodied, the past and the future.

The first phase of the project, June to mid July, saw the activation of the network of collaborators in experimental creative sessions online. Working collectively on shared screens the participants from the past years and new contributors in 2020 explored new ways of collaborating, alternative forms of expression and new approaches to audiences. From July the activities went live to the public with a focus on programmed activities around a pilot exploration: SOLO SOLIDARITY FUTURE

Acknowledging todays complexities, the 2020’s iteration involves a digital mediation of a diversity of participants and their intersecting journeys into imaginary futures while exploring media platforms and tools. As tradition with the last two year projects, the performative interventions is accompanied by an exhibition of processes and by-products. This time not it the foyer of the planetarium, but online at and disseminated through social media #imaginaryfutures. 

In August, a series of live public performative interventions hosted on Zoom made use of over 20 live linked activities and immersions, live sound and film mixing, live drawing, animation, puppetry and performance. 9 public events from open studio sessions, reflection discussions to live participatory performances created a layered experience of participation and reflection.

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