As part of the IN CONVERSATION programme at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, William Kentridge conversed with Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto. Neto creates sprawling sculptural installations, consisting of immersive, organic and amorphous structures, stretching material from point to point. The resulting easy and meandering conversation that unfolded between the two artists can be described as taking a form similar to that of Neto’s work. It stretched, took off in different directions, felt abundant and then dropped down from time to time into rich concentrated pockets.
Seemingly-peripheral concepts were welcomed into the conversation, embodying the Centre’s unique focus on often-overlooked and otherwise-elusive ideas. The side-lined idea, initially perceived as “less good”, is deemed valuable. Having only a few prepared prompts - not strictly adhered to - allows room for such ideas, and for spontaneity of thought, speech and action. This makes for an engaging piece, in which the two artists performatively muse over a vast array of topics. These range from abstract principles like balance, continuity, and gravity, to political discourse, national intersections, common artistic influences, and aspects of the creative process.
Just as the audience is invited to enter Neto’s immersive sculptures, so too are they invited to think through the creative links and insightful assertions of the two artists. The playful rapport between Kentridge and Neto only added to the experience, making the conversation feel much shorter than it really was.
For the full conversation go to | https://vimeo.com/304400555
ANIMATEUR FOR THE CENTRE | Bronwyn Lace
CINEMATOGRAPHY AND EDITING | Noah Cohen
PROJECT MANAGER | Shruthi Nair
LIGHTING | Wesley France
SOUND | SoulFire Studios
STAGE MANAGEMENT | Hayleigh Evans and PopArt Productions
WRITING | Hemali Khoosal
PHOTOGRAPHER | Zivanai Matangi