Not no Place

SKU: V6554
Based on the concept of the unfinished project Passegen-Werk by Walter Benjamin (which worked towards encapsulating in book form the identity of 19th century Paris).

Not No Place is a volume that brings together a vast array of texts, essays, poetry, illustrations and photographs, which vividly portray the depth and identity of the city of Johannesburg.

 However, the lived experience of Johannesburg enters Not No Place not only as something textual but as something present and irreducible. The subjective relationship of the contributors to the city over time forms the main fabric of the work and thus is interwoven with selected excerpts, citations, and reflective pieces. The themes vary between the poetic and the concrete, associative and descriptive. Many contain spatial designations, or references to movement: Much of the personal narrative of the city takes the form of a conversation, in letters, recollections and emails. Thus, the book offers a series of personal thick descriptions and a survey of historical and contemporary representations of the city collected over the course of its making.


About the Authors

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt was born in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1970.She studied art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town (1993–96) and is currently completing her Master’s at the School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. For her Master’s she is working with a group of professional sign writers on a series of paintings for buildings in the inner city, Johannesburg. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been involved in a number of public art initiatives. She has taught at UCT and WITS and in community-based projects such as the Creative Inner City Initiative.

Bettina Malcomess works across disciplines as a writer, curator and artist. She lives between the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, teaching at several institutions and across the disciplines of art, design and architecture. She also teaches at the Michaelis Schools of Fine Art and UCT School of Architecture in Cape Town. She has worked on several collaborative, curatorial and developmental projects with the Joubert Park Project, based at the Drill Hall in inner-city Johannesburg, setting up the Keleketla! Library with Ra Hlasane. Malcomess has written for several artist catalogues, as well as South African art publications, including Sue Williamson’s South African Art Now. In 2010 she was awarded a joint fellowship with performance artist Peter Van Heerden at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (Cape Town). Malcomess works in performance under the name Anne Historical.

Parameters of Book:
Sub-title: Johannesburg. Spaces and Fragments of time
Author: Dorothee Kreutzfeldt & Bettina Malcomess
ISBN: 9781920196554
d-PDF ISBN: 9781920196561
Size (mm): 228x165mm
Pages: 256pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White with images
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: May 2013