Media day for the second #FireGrazer burn at the NIROX Sculpture Park on June 13, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Fire Grazer burn performance entails the live burning of imagery created by Coetzee onto the grassland, building on the artistic practice, which uses art as a tool to interpret complex systems and build awareness of pressing ecological issues. Coetzee held the media day ahead of the second Art/Science #FireGrazer artwork titled Locust & Grasshopper, will he held on the 24th of June 2017.
The performance burn provides an interactive artwork which was used in 2015 as a scientific study by scientist Sally Archibald and Felix Skhosana (University of the Witwatersrand), Archibald will continue the research with the data gathered from this years burn. A new study led by Entomologist James Harrison on grasshoppers and termites will also be conducted at this site.
The Working on Fire Programme is facilitating the burn. This programme is an Expanded Public Works Programme, aimed at providing poverty and income relief through work opportunities. WOF’s ethos is to save lives, protect the environment and property from unwanted wildfire. This programme recruits young men and women and trains them to implement a range of integrated fire management solutions which include fire management planning, fire detection, prevention, suppression and community fire awareness. The WOF Programme employs more than 5,000 young men and women at more than 200 bases across South Africa of which 31% are female firefighters.
Tickets for the performance on 24 June can be purchased at: http://www.hanneliecoetzee.com/tickets/