Current Imaginings, performance art, Public Art Project, Vrystaat Kunstefees

Are We the One?


Title:                                                                        Are We The One?

Induction and debrief Venue:                   Exam room 3, Badminton Hall, UOVS

Dates and Times:                                             18 July 2017 at 10.30

18 July 2017 at 14.30

20 July 2017 at 10.00


Are We The One? is a collaborative, performative and relational experience for two people, woven together by a custom digital phone App, which will be presented during the 2017 Vrystaat Arts Festival, taking place in Bloemfontein, South Africa, from July 18 – 22, 2017. Are We The One? will be staged as part of PAP (Public Art Projects), an initiative of the Festival.

Are We The One? was conceptualized by Keith Armstrong, David Finnigan and Robert Henderson and was commissioned as part of In Your Hands by Arts House, City of Melbourne with the support of the Australia Council for the arts, and in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries, and PVI Collective. The project premiered at the Festival of Live Art (FOLA), Melbourne, in 2016.

In Are We The One? two walkers, who have never met, simultaneously use a phone App to record a personalized walk around their locality, in this instance the Festival grounds of the Vrystaat Arts Festival, crafting a series of special moments and surprises for each other. The app then allows participants to continue their two walks, but now directed by what the other person has just created for them. Finally, at the end of the experience they can then choose whether they would like to actually meet in person.

Based loosely on the idea of a date, each participant is initially asked to give a little bit of personal information, and then actually speak volumes about themselves through how they choose to care for their ‘date’s’ future experience. After walking in parallel universes, but never far away from each other, both daters can ultimately choose to then meet in person – if what they have experienced tells them that maybe “We are the one”.

Three sessions of Are We The One? will be presented during the festival on 18 July 2017 at 10.30 and 14.30 as well as 20 July 2017 at 10.00, at Exam room 3, Badminton Hall, University of the Free State. Participation is free of charge – for more information or to reserve a seat, contact Corneli van den Berg on 072 802 0220 or email or




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