[new book] Loren Kruger’s Imagining the Edgy City (Johannesburg)

Reposted from the U of Chicago Urban Network Site:Loren Kruger_Cover_0“All roads lead to Johannesburg”—admits the narrator of Alan Paton’s famous novel, Cry the Beloved Country, even though he dislikes the city. Taking its cue from this admission of a kind of guilty pleasure in this vibrant but unnerving place, Loren Kruger’s new book, Imagining the Edgy City takes readers into the heart of South Africa’s largest city. The book explores a wide range of  fiction, film, architecture, public art, performance and other urban practices from trade to parades in Johannesburg across the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

Read the full essay from Professor Kruger on her new book and the connections between Chicago and Johannesburg.

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The Johannesburg Play/Urban residency is taking place at the King Kong building in New Doornfontein (VANSA & Parking Gallery space) from the 27th of August until the 22 of September, during the French-South Africa Season.

This residency is the first of a series (the second one will take place in Strasbourg in October 2013). It will be a collective process (moments of work in a large group, see the list of participants) but will also allow participants to develop personal research areas. These projects will be continued throughout the year between Johannesburg and Strasbourg, and also Kinshasa.
The Johannesburg residency will be one month long. Its principle aim is to engage with the inner city of Johannesburg on a series of experimentations in urban space. These experimentations will be anchored by artists living and working in Joburg…

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