Rondebosch Common Collage SCAN

Rough Draft of T[C]G V2

July 13, 2013

There is a growing discrepancy between land and territory, a widening gap that reveals tensions between our need for territory and our subtle co-existence (and lack thereof) with the land in which conflict for territory takes place. The Rondebosch Gardens is a case in hand. Home to the critically endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, it is also proposed as a home in a different sense. [KS1] The lack of available territory [KS2] in Cape Town has opened the Common up to land claims by groups such as Isandla which are equally valid. Perhaps it is that a lack of what Harrison describes as “the vocation of care[KS3] ” that is contributing to the widening gap between land and territory (insert footnote). [KS4] In exercising the performative installation The Common Garden, it is proposed that the act of caring is taken to Court quite literally, where one uprooted square meter of the Rondebosch Common is installed within the judicial space – that of Cape Town’s High Court – in a conversation on examining the link between Land and Territory. In asking viewers to submerse themselves within the strictly regulated space of the Court in order to view what was originally a square of public space, the project will be questioning what is needed in order for people to care for the land, rather than vying for territory. We propose to

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install The Common Garden at the High Court in Cape Town for the duration of the GIPCA LAND event and hope to engage in conversations emerging from the GIPCA symposium at Hiddingh Campus. Accompanied by a paper[KS5] presented in collaboration with the three Common Garden artists Elgin Rust, Katherine Spindler and Claire Jorgensen, the project will offer GIPCA attendees the opportunity to visit particular sites? where many land issues have been and are debated and encourage coversation around the process of practise-led research as a means to examining conflicts between land and territory. Proposed outputs include a week-long installation, with the possibility of a permanent installation at the Cape Town High Court, a paper examining the project as practise-led research to be presented at the GIPCA LAND symposium [KS6] and an online [KS7] catalogue of the project with an introduction from Ashraf Jamal[KS8] , available from the GIPCA website[KS9] .


[KS1] Not totally clear. Perhaps we need to include that Rondebosch Common is a National Monument that has over the years had many different uses including; a military camp, farmland, and an area for recreation and protest and that the area has become progressively smaller (housing has been built) and today roughly forty hectares remain.  

[KS2]The bareness of the land? Desirability of the location?

[KS3]I would like to go in to this further I think it is powerful to describe what harrison speaks about here

[KS4]Interesting way of describing the project. For me the project is absolutely about these things but for me the project began (and still is) with Harrison’s text. I would like to include more along these lines. Here is the para from orig document. The garden has long been associated with the origin of mankind (from religious, geographical, and historical perspectives). One of the most well known garden in religious thought is the Garden of Eden. We were specifically interested in Robert Pogue Harrison’s thoughts around the Garden of Eden2 in which he writes about what he calls the vocation of care. Harrison describes this garden before the Fall as being land that demanded neither to be worked nor nurtured, a gift for Adam and Eve that yielded produce for their enjoyment and contemplation. He goes on to write about their expulsion from the Garden and the subsequent consequence for them to labour and care for the land outside of Eden. He proposes this expulsion to be a gift because we are now required to care for the land, and it is this act of caring that makes us human. As Harrison writes, humans are fully human only when things matter (Harrison, 2004:9). Harrison therefore suggests Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden to be the very thing that led to the humanizing of their hearts. He writes, “As Yeats said of hearts: “Hearts are not had as gifts but heartsare earned / by those that are not entirely beautiful… In Eden, Adam and Eve were altogether too beautiful, hence also heartless. They had to earn their human hearts outside of the garden, if only in order to learn what beauty is, as well as what a gift it is. Through Adam and Eve we lost a gift but earned a heart, and in many ways we are still earning a heart…” (Harrison, 2004:9). With these thoughts in mind we intend to care for our common garden for the duration of the project. The act of caring is pivotal to our project. Both society and the garden require constant care. As we care for the common garden so the court needs to care for the society it serves. [KS5]Do you mean to present a paper? Maybe “a piece of writing’ rather than a paper?

[KS6]Personally not so keen on this.

[KS7]Are we going to include the production of some physical prints

[KS9]Really nice paragraph

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