Community of Practice

Kieron Jina, artist

Kieron Jina is a professional trouble maker – a person unlearning, learning and growing as a multidisciplinary artist. He creates performance art, dance as a choreographer, video art, performance creative research, facilitates creative processes, and is a body-based lecturer. Jina holds a Masters in Art from Wits University in Johannesburg. Jina’s areas of interest include climate, afrofuturism, migration, identity, sexuality, new technology, immersive and site-specific performance, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative practices.

Kieron Jina (c) Gisela Gurtler

Description of current research
Kieron Jina is provoked by the sense of chaos that is happening across the globe and in the future, the number of “climate refugees” is expected to rise. Will we all eventually become climate refugees if we don’t find ways to cool down the planet. Jina’s research evokes questions related to art as a civic muscle and does it have something to offer. Art is a rhythm of self-evaluation. A self-evaluation through the perspective of the object (a mirror). What can we make of it?

Jina continues to be embraced by African indigenous knowledge’s in his research and has found an appreciation for the knowledge of theorist Edward Lorenz “Chaos theory: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.” This quote has sparked many questions in relation to the “butterfly effect”. A metaphor for this behaviour is that a butterfly flaps it’s wings in the cradle of humankind (South Africa) can cause a hurricane in New Orleans.