Based on the initial project Sutherland Reflections, in January/February 2009, Bronwyn Lace and Marcus Neustetter produced a series of Johannesburg interventions and an exhibition with the Goethe Institut from August to December 2009. Following the enthusiasm and positive response to the project by the Sutherland participants and the Johannesburg supporters, the artists Returned to Sutherland at the end of 2009 to end the International Year of Astronomy.

Return to Sutherland 2009 saw the realisation of a public exhibition of documentation of the activities earlier that year, further experiments and projects with the participants in Sutherland and the opportunity for guests to lend their expertise and networks for the further development of the project.

Sutherland Dark and Silent continues with the research and projects over the last 3 years to manifesting a series of site-specific interventions in collaboration with the local communities visiting scientist and artists in late 2010 and early 2011. The intention is to create an annual celebration owned by and to the benefit of the local community of Sutherland to highlight the resources and values of their unique environment and allow an opportunity to celebrate their context in relation to the otherwise isolated and challenging living conditions.

For more information please contact:

Marcus Neustetter: 082 929 1569
Bronwyn Lace: 071 682 0756

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