In review

The Review exhibition in Johannesburg uses art to explore social and electronic networks in the urban African terrain.
Posted 15 Mar 12 By Design Indaba Creative Work / Design News Comments

From Johannesburg to Dakar, Martinique to Mali, Mozambique and Sandton Central, The Trinity Session presents the Review exhibition in Johannesburg, from 16 to 25 March 2012.

The Trinity Session’s two members, Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter, have extended an investigation into social and electronic networks and varied urban terrains. Review is a rare opportunity for South African art lovers to view The Trinity Session’s work that has been developed over the past ten years.

Experiential and ephemeral in form, Review is an exhibition made up of light and will utilise video, photography, mind maps and artefects from a dense archive of research and project it onto large surfaces.

Visitors will witness the development of a powerful artistic partnership in Hobbs/Neustetter, and the revealing of diverse conceptual and practical processes.

Here’s a preview of three of the Review installations:

Borderless Intervention

In May 2011, Hobbs and Neustetter worked in collaboration with a group of 10 artists from Alexandra and six partner artists from Zimbabwe and Mozambique on an experimental intervention that looked at questions of xenophobia, border-crossing and contextual value systems. The first part entailed herding goats from Alexandra Township into Sandton Central. A 30-minute intervention and photo shoot was done at the entrance of the Michelangelo Hotel. For the second part, the public were invited to an experimental multimedia performance event at the Alexandra Heritage Project. The incomplete building served as a stage and backdrop for music, performance, dance, poetry, live actions, stunt bikes and projections.


Entracte is a post-performance film recorded during the Afropixel Festival May 2010, Dakar, Senegal. Located in Zone A, Sicap, Maison 46 was destined for demolition to make way for a new development. In collaboration with students from the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Dakar, a series of projection and performance scenes were developed as a reflection on the pathetic state of this building and the expectations of a new architecture to come. As a performance Entracte responds to the unusual circumstances, where the predictable restrictions placed by western building standards. Entracte or “intermission”, takes advantage of the gap in the narrative of urban planning, and reflects on the potential of the creative city in Africa.

Metro Centre

Hobbs and Neustetter’s site-specific installation for the new Metro Centre Visitors Building comprises paint-treated columns and a suspended laser-cut and vinyl-printed perspex installation. Informed by historic and contemporary maps of the city and the services provided within the building, the work is a reflection on the history of the city in the context of town planning, orientation and administration.