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photos: courtesy Africa Centre

quiet emergency

Infecting the City Public Art Festival,

Cape Town 2010

Cape Town: a patchwork map of dislocation, where communities are separated by history and inequality, isolated by high walls and indifference. Every community has its boundaries, each interaction its limitations … we live in a state of quiet emergency.

A weeklong experiment, Quiet Emergency blurs the grid of this rigid map and creates a halfway meeting space. Incorporating the marginalised people of our City – street children, sex workers, security guards, street cleaners – and professional performers, this interactive ritual honours that which unites us as human beings, that which gives us connection, hope and continuity.

Quiet Emergency was a collaboration created by Gilbert Douglas, Margie Mackay & Anthea Moys.

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