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In_Through uShintsho, a light-water-sound installation in Rachel Finlayson pool, Durban

by Chia-Wen Tsai, French-Taiwanese visual artist, and Diale Mabitsela, SA composer, Wits School of Arts
As part of the XXV International Union of Architects World Congress 
2-8 August 2014

In Through uShintsho credit Estelle ZolotoffLRDurban welcomes architects from around the world to enter into a dialogue around architecture through an African lens, as part of the UIA. In this framework, In_Through uShintsho aims to respond to transformations of public space, a crucial component in how architects and planners shape future cities. The Rachel Finlayson pool is the oldest pool of the city, situated on the Durban promenade. From the apartheid era to nowadays, the pool has gone through a massive refurbishment as part of the transformation of the Durban Promenade: transparent fences were placed to allow viewers from outside to see the pool. 

In_Through uShintsho invites both delegates and the general public into this historically rich space to experience the pool in a novel way. The visitors will be invited to walk around the pool for a visual and sensorial experience: through the movement of the water, its reflections will change and will be accompanied by sounds in the whole pool space.

The project dates back to April 2013, when the French Institute of South Africa funded a creative collaboration between Chia-Wen Tsai and the School of Architecture & Planning as well as the School of the Arts at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits). Then Chia-Wen Tsai ran a workshop with first year architecture students to explore conceptual designs for a light-water-sound installation in and around the Wits swimming pool. The workshop was a great success and culminated in an exhibition of student works and a presentation of Chia-Wen’s previous work. This set the stage to continue with a second workshop in 2014 to conceptualize the detailed design of the 2013 winning installation.

Chia-Wen Tsai’s main works are light and sound installations with the water. She began her career as an electronics technology engineer before graduating from the French National Art School of Paris-Cergy in 2003. She subsequently exhibited in various galleries and cultural institutions in France and abroad.

Event details
In_Through uShintsho, a
 light-water-sound installation in Rachel Finlayson pool, 

by Chia-Wen Tsai, a French-Taiwanese visual artist and Diale Mabitsela, SA composer, Wits School of Arts
As part of the XXV International Union of Architects World Congress 
Rachel Finlayson pool, Lower Marine Drive, North Beach, Durban
2-8 August 2014 from 5.30pm to 10.00pm 
Walkabout daily between 6pm to 7pm
Free entrance

In_Through UShintso is brought to the XXV International Union of Architects World Congress by the French Institute of South Africa, the French Embassy in South Africa, the Alliance Française of Durban, the XXV International Union of Architects World Congress, the Ethekwini Municipality, the Wits School of Arts, the Wits School of Architecture & Planning, ProSound and Michael Scholes and Associate Architects.

Photo © Estelle Zolotoff - La Nuit Blanche, Château Landon Pool, Paris 10e (2011) 

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