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Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) launches in 2017 as a roving platform for art projects. The new format succeeds Maboneng-based GoetheOnMain.
The Goethe-Institut’s multi-disciplinary project space GoetheOnMain will close its doors at the end of 2016 and be succeeded by the new Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS).
Since May 2009, the multi-disciplinary GoetheOnMain has hosted a wide range of exhibitions, workshops, events and performances; including visual art, literature, film, music, dance and theatre projects, and established itself as a significant free space.
While continuing the basic idea of GoetheOnMain as a non-commercial, artist-centred free platform, GPS will be a roving project space. It is designed to support not only the artists and their projects, but also the many structures, platforms and festivals that exist and need partnerships of this nature in order to flourish.
GPS has a travelling concept which enables actors, artists, performers, curators, choreographers, writers, dancers, composers, directors, musicians and film-makers to select the space and infrastructure they wish to work with. The new project signals a decentralising of the current one, where practitioners will be able to produce their work locally with a partner of their choice and a GPS grant.
One of the significant features of the current GoetheOnMain space is that the public call for proposals is presided over by an independent jury of arts professionals, who make the final selection – this will continue as a structural element of the new GPS. The new project aims to support non-commercial work that broadly engages the socio-political. Experimental content will be privileged, with the focus above all else falling on artistic quality, whilst maintaining a sensitivity for the context and local relevance.
Details of the new application procedure will be available in June 2016, with deadline for applications on 15 October 2016 and start of production for GPS projects in April 2017. The GoetheOnMain space will continue to run with its programme up until December 2016.
We look forward to our new venture GPS and continuing the Goethe-Institut’s programme promoting intercultural engagement through fostering dialogue and exchange in the arts.