Johan Thom is a young South African artist and professor whose work continually questions the boundaries of contemporary art. He has created performances, videos, and installations at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the International Computer Arts Festival in Slovenia, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Switzerland and Bangladesh, amongst others.
He lives and works in Johannesburg and lectures part time in Critical Theory at the Department of Fine Art, Tshwane University of Technology. As Part of BITEF 2006 he will present the following lectures/ works:
Date: Saturday, 23 September:
Venue: Atelje 212
A short public performance as part of ?The Perfect Human Series? – a series of works investigating the follies of the search for human perfection through the ages.
Lecture & Screening of the ?The Theory of Evolution? 2006
Date: Sunday 24 September
Venue: Konak K.Lubice
?The Theory of Evolution? is an experimental video production shot in real time in Johannesburg, 2006. It was produced as part of the ?Waste at Work? initiative curated by Jeanetta Blignaut of COEO and premiered in South Africa on the 8th of September 2006. The screening will be preceded by a short introduction of the project by the artist.
Lecture: ?Reconfiguring the archive ? art education in post-apartheid South Africa?
Date: Monday, 25 September
Venue: Univeristeit Umetnosti, University of Belgrade
Art education in post-apartheid South Africa is in the process of a complete methodological re-structuring as the implementation of postcolonial approaches towards art theory and practice, in the South African education system, coincide with the global re-framing of art and culture in general.
In this regard, recent interest in the investigation of alternative modernities have also lead to the re-evaluation of the relationship between modernism and postmodernism according to context-specific criteria relevant to South Africa and other non western countries similarly affected by the experience of colonialism. Thom will discuss these two interrelated matters by referring to the changing socio-politic and economic landscape of contemporary post-apartheid South Africa and its impact on art education generally.