Tue 9 Jun 2020 Arrival day
Wed 10 Jun One-hour morning talk on the history and background of land art, with many slides. Followed by an orientation of the village and surrounds and a one-hour walkabout. Then everybody begins making art, with Strijdom doing the rounds, supporting and advising.
Thu 11 Jun One-hour talk morning on the role of photography and the documentation of land art for exhibition purposes. Then everybody makes art, with Strijdom doing the rounds, supporting and advising.
Fri 12 Jun One-hour morning talk on the Korean YATOO, oldest and most active nature art organisation, with examples of their work. Then everyone makes art, Strijdom supporting and advising. Before dinner: Participants present slides of their work, discussing their experience so far.
Sat 13 Jun One-hour morning talk on Strijdom’s own work, with slides. Then everyone makes art, Strijdom supporting and advising.
Sun 14 Jun Everyone makes art in their own time, Strijdom supporting and advising. On their own time also each prepares a short presentation of their work. After dinner: Presentation and discussion of work done.
Mon 15 Jun Departure
What to bring
Camera and/or video camera. Laptop to prepare presentations (optional). Hat & walking shoes. An open mind.
Strijdom van der Merwe
Strijdom van der Merwe (b. 1961) lives in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape wine region of South Africa. He studied art at the University of Stellenbosch, at the Hooge School voor de Kunste (Utrecht, the Netherlands), the Academy of Art and Architecture (Prague, the Czech Republic) and the Kent Institute of Art and Design (Canterbury, England). Among the many decorations he received are the Jackson Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a medal of honour from the South African Academy of Arts and Science, the Prince Claus grant in Amsterdam. He was nominated for the Daimler Chrysler award for sculpture in public spaces, was a finalist for the International Award for Public Art, and won the It's LIQUID International Contest, First Edition 2012. He received the Kanna award at the Oudtshoorn Arts Festival for best visual art projection in a musical collaboration. In 2015 he collaborated to win theATKV Aartvark award for most innovative work at the Aardklop Arts Festival in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Strijdom has held numerous solo and group exhibitions and his work has been bought by private and public collectors all over the world. He has done commissioned work or took up residencies on invitation in Korea (5 times), Japan (thrice), Belgium (twice), France, the USA (Smithsonian Institute), Turkey, Kenya, Australia, Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. In 2013 he was made the festival artist at both the Aardklop Arts Festival in South Africa and the Fjellfestival in Andelsnes, Norway. Van der Merwe was a member of the curatorial panel for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 and is a founding member of Site Specific South Africa. He was co-curator of the Exhibition of 30 Nature Artists in the World (2015) and the Global Nomadic Art Project (2015‒2016) in South Korea.
Strijdom can be contacted at +27 83 666 3135 (mobile) or +27 21 886 6496 (fixed line).
The Talking Table is a place on the beautiful port village of Molyvos on the Greek island of Lesbos where people learn, eat and talk together. Hosted by two ex-corporate South Africans, guests participating in various workshops are welcomed with warmth and generosity and given a safe environment for their creativity to flourish. Hearty long-table meals of mostly Greek food are served, while good conversation is always on the menu. A number of workshops are held in South Africa during the autumn.
The fee of €1 200 includes transfers to and from the ports*, breakfast and a long-table meal each day, course fee and excursions. Accommodation and travel are excluded.
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* An hour and a quarter's drive each way. Only applicable on the arrival and departure days. If you stay longer there are taxis available.