The Octopus Programme Conversation between Lisl Ponger and William Kentridge

Date(s) - 01/05/2021 - 31/05/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


This performance, curated by Bronwyn Lace and Basak Senova, is the first collaboration with the Centre for the Less Good Idea and the Octopus Programme. It will take place simultaneously at William Kentridge’s studio in Johannesburg and the university gallery in the Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Vienna; it will be streamed and recorded.

The Octopus Programme is a guided research-based educational programme, encourages artistic research and production-based collaborations across academies and art institutions; students and professionals; diverse presentation modes; and processes of research and documentation in different geographies. As an initiative of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Kamel Lazaar Foundation in Tunis, the first chapter of the programme is designed as a two-semester course “Spectral Encounters”. Led by Basak Senova, Visiting Professor at Art and Communication Practices and Barbara Putz-Plecko, Vice-Rector for Research and Diversity, it takes place both at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and B7L9, Kamel Lazaar Foundation in Tunis as a pilot application in 2020/2021. While the Octopus Programme functions as a support mechanism for emerging artists, the main objective of the programme is to accumulate experience-based collective and creative output by taking geopolitical, social, ecological, and educational urgencies and diversities into consideration.

The Centre for the Less Good Idea, based in Johannesburg, South Africa is founded by artist William Kentridge, the Centre aims to find the less good idea by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects. Since its inception the Centre has hosted IN CONVERSATION, often leveraging off existing opportunities and identifying remarkable individuals and fellow artists/thinkers in to spontaneous conversations with Kentridge. In this connection Ponger and Kentridge will speak to one another from their respective cities and spaces of work about their approaches to generating work and the points where their work coincides.