BikoHausen: Steve Bantu Biko and Karlheinz Stockhausen in Johannesburg, 1971 (Opening)
by PHILIP MILLER
In collaboration with:
Siya Makuzeni (Voice) Ann Masina (Voice) Tlale Makhene (Percussion and Voice) Bham Ntabeni (Voice) Waldo Alexander (Violin) Vus'umuzi Nhlapo (Voice) Catherine Meyburgh (Projection Design) Jannous Aukema, Catherine Meyburgh, Richard Pakleppa (Camera) Catherine Meyburgh, Jannous Aukema (Editing)
At the end of a working lecture tour to South Africa in March 1971, the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and his wife Mary Bauermeister visited Soweto. They were accompanied by black consciousness activist Steve Biko. There is little archival evidence of this meeting of two revolutionary leaders; Biko - a radical thinker, student and black consciousness leader, Stockhausen - one of the foremost avant-garde composers of the 20th Century.
No-one can ever know what exactly transpired when Biko met Stockhausen in Soweto on that day. What their conversation was? What were the topics they might have covered? Music? Politics? We can however imagine and extemporize. Together with his collaborators, Miller’s new work explores an imagined dialogue.
A single performance workshop day was assembled in Downtown Studios Johannesburg with some of Philip Miller’s long-term collaborators. Together, they intuitively responded to a series of selected fragmented archival sound recordings. These sound fragments were taken from a television interview with Biko, together with the recorded lectures of Stockhausen, given in Johannesburg during his stay.
BikoHausen takes the form of triptych video installation with multi-channeled sound created from the filming and sound recording of this one-day workshop.
This multimedia installation was commissioned for the International Music Institute of Darmstadt, premiering at the Darmstadt Summer Course Festival. This work forms part of a series of different installations by seven other sound artists from different continents, as part of a program “Historage”, which opened the institute’s expansive archive for these artists to re-interpret.
The BikoHausen installation opens on Thursday 6 April at 18:30, with a performance lecture on Sunday 9 April at 15:00. The exhibition runs to 6 June 2017.
Photo by Catherine Meyburgh
Goethe Institut 119 Jan Smuts Avenue Rosebank
David Krut Projects
"Selfie Fulfilling Prophecy" by Olivié Keck (Opening)
David Krut Projects is pleased to present a solo project entitled Selfie Fulfilling Prophecy by Olivié Keck, at 142A Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood from the 4th- 30th of April, as an extension of her solo exhibition in 2016 at David Krut Projects, Cape Town.
The exhibition showcases a series of watercolour monotypes and a limited edition artist book that prompts conversation about the philosophy of the digital self. The works were created during the artist’s residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, the USA in 2016.
Keck has sourced a multitude of images – predominantly profile pictures – from online dating platforms which inform the subject matter of her work. The artist investigates the culture and construction of online identities through self-portrayal. The figures are depicted without facial features which create anonymity to the portraits and entrenches a conceptual point of view of the online self as an illusion.
Whilst creating these watercolour monotypes, Keck was influenced by the works of Pierre Bonnard, having viewed the exhibition Painting Arcadia at the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco. Keck’s work is impacted by Bonnard’s use of patterns, drawing on Japanese prints, and his portrayal of decorative interweaving lines with effervescent patches of colour. Keck depicts the figures amidst their everyday life which would otherwise remain private if it were not for the digital social universe. This further relates to Bonnard’s portrayal of private life and intimate scenes in his work. For Keck, these scenes comprise elements of curated voyeurism that are “equivalent to the digital eye that we have today”.
Finally, Selfie Fulfilling Prophecy is linked to a Virtual Reality (VR) project that Keck describes as a “quest narrative” involving the role player navigating a host of different, often abstracted environments. This project inverts the watercolour monotype process by taking the monotypes as a fine art medium and turning it into a digital experience.
David Krut Projects is an alternative arts institution that promotes contemporary culture in a collaborative environment through a printmaking workshop, gallery projects and specialised bookstores.
142A Jan Smuts Avenue
16 Shots by Musa N. Nxumalo
SMAC Gallery is proud to present 16 Shots, a solo exhibition by Musa N. Nxumalo. This is Nxumalo’s second solo show with the gallery, and is the debut of a series of new photographs from his ongoing project, The Anthology of Youth.
16 Shots presents a selection of sixteen works from this ongoing project, depicting the daily experiences of youth culture in Johannesburg, South Africa. Each image illustrates the subtle, youthful sarcasm that is characteristic of Nxumalo’s work, even in the most solemn situations. This playful treatment of serious subject matter begins to challenge the singular narrative that often accompanies the concerns of young, black South Africans – either as ‘frivolous, purposeless youth’ or ‘socially engaged youth activists’ – by offering an alternative narrative that reflects the intersection of these personas.
First exhibited in part at the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair, The Anthology of Youth follows on from Nxumalo’s previous photographic series, Alternative Kidz and In/Glorious, depicting the transition of Nxumalo and his peers into young adult life and changing contexts – where street bashes and house parties are succeeded by vivid snapshots of twenty-somethings negotiating Johannesburg nightlife.
16 Shots runs until Saturday, 29 April 2017. For more information or to request a portfolio of works, please contact the gallery in Johannesburg.
Specialising in modern and contemporary art, SMAC Gallery has exhibition spaces in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Johannesburg.
First Floor, The Trumpet building 19 Keyes Avenue Rosebank
Southern Guild / WHATIFTHEWORLD
WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present Under a Boiling River, an exhibition of new works by Mia Chaplin.
The beautiful rendition of drapery is an important conceptual tool and subject matter for 27-year-old artist Mia Chaplin. A graduate of the University of Cape Town who elects to work with oil on canvas and on paper, she is seduced by the powers of impasto yet succumbs to the traditional genres of still life, gure - and ower studies in her work. “This work has a narrative that falls in and out of focus,” she says of her current exhibition ‘Under a Boiling River’ which shows at WHATIFTHEWORLD’s Johannesburg gallery from April 6.
“Some of the paintings invite you to enter into them while others are closed doors. I want to set up tensions between the works to reveal an uncomfortable position between what is known and what is concealed,” she adds, writing about the ambiguity of public and private dynamics in the contemporary world. “These paintings act as membranes between me and the viewer. The cloth acts as a symbol of shame and a need for protection.”
Delighting in an interest in the outside world, Chaplin reads widely in elds related to shamanic practice and witchcraft. It’s about power, she says. “Perhaps in the case of making these works I am the shaman using the medium to gain understanding and to work through struggles that I feel I do not have power over. I think that the nature of impasto paintings lends itself to an inherent intimacy between the artist and the audience. Because the evidence of every brushstroke evokes the artist’s presence and purpose, I want this work to remind us of what we are, and to speak of human fear, shame, a desire for power and the politics of intimacy.”
Having hosted her rst solo exhibition three years ago, Cape Town-based Chaplin has just completed a residency at Nirox, in Krugersdorp, where these issues of seclusion and exposure, shame and exhibitionism have been central to her thinking processes. In recent years, she completed a residency in Portugal which opened up her awareness of the issues she’s currently focusing on.
A bold, yet sensitive painter, not afraid to take on the world with a brush heavily loaded with impasto, Chaplin is rapidly turning critical heads in her painting methodology as well as her verve and choice of fresh colours and subject matter that yearns toward modernist art history. A painter’s painter by any de nition, Chaplin hosts her second solo exhibition with WHATIFTHEWORLD.
Mia Chaplin (b.1990 South Africa ) completed her BFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 2011. Working in oil on canvas and paper, her highly expressive works are characterised by their rich impasto surfaces and visible brushstrokes. Chaplin has recently completed an artist residency programme at OBRAS Foundation in Alentejo, Portugal. She lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
WHATIFTHEWORLD & Southern Guild is a collaborative partnership of contemporary art and design - a local manifestation of a global movement toward blurring the line between the two disciplines.
19 Keyes Avenue, Trumpet, Keyes Art Mile Rosebank
"The Tiger’s Bride" by Rebecca Haysom
CIRCA Gallery, standing alongside the Everard Read headquarters, is situated on the corner of the Keyes Art Mile and is concerned with exhibiting highly important contemporary works of art.
Due to its ideal location in Rosebank, this will be the perfect place for you to start your route on the Keyes Art Mile. Come and enjoy great photography, a variety of food choices from our partner food truck, and sample delicious whisky cocktails provided by The Singleton.
29A Keyes Avenue Rosebank
Danielle Malherbe "The Pool of Water in Arcadia"
Opening. 6.30pm for 7pm. The Opening speaker will be Gordon Froud.
This exhibition forms the practical part of Danielle Malherbe’s M Tech degree. Her research and writing for the theoretical component adds an awareness and articulation of the concerns that underlie her paintings. There are three aspects or themes that have become interwoven in this series of paintings: firstly, the notion of Arcadia, as a setting or landscape element with particular preoccupations, and secondly, the presence of water, traditionally in the form of fresh water springs in Arcadia. Water, which possesses its own rich symbolism, reinforces and echoes the preoccupations of Arcadian landscape. In these paintings, the image of water has been translated into the contemporary, man-made swimming pool. The third issue that emerges is the post-apartheid South African context that provides fertile ground for Arcadian preoccupations and sensibilities.
Gallery2 looks to mediate between formalist ideals and the theoretical artistic discourse of contemporary art. We promote a re-appreciation of the aesthetic and return to art signifying discourses.
140 Jan Smuts Avenue Parkwood
Michelle Loukidis "Recesses"
Res Gallery specialises in digital art, from limited edition prints to interactive installations, and mixed media artworks, as well as operating as a digital/photographic print studio.
Unit 4, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Lizamore & Associates
Join us for the public opening of the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award Top 30 Exhibition on First Thursday!
The SA Taxi Foundation and Lizamore & Associates Gallery are also, quite literally, driving ease of enjoyment of Rosebank’s First Thursdays. On Thursday 6th April, a Zebra minibus taxi, sponsored by the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award, will shuttle people to and from First Thursday venues free of charge.
The SA Taxi Foundation Art Award is unique in the South African visual arts community in that it requires artists to create a piece of visual art and then interpret and transport the artwork onto a minibus taxi decal which requires the skill of design and this is where the significance of the award lies.
Artists need to go beyond their normal focus on expressing their particular vision in an original artwork. They must also work to a commercial design brief. In the process, the broader public is exposed to art via minibus taxis that carry the decal design on a range of routes across the country. In addition to innovating at the level of the visual arts, the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award has called for a new approach to the production of decals for minibus taxis. Normally, as advertising, decals cover a single panel or the back door of the vehicle. The award artworks, however, cover much larger areas of the vehicle and artists are involved in brainstorming with the SA Taxi Media division to help them redesign their original decal concepts to optimise the way the decal wraps around a vehicle.
Each year’s winner of the competition receives a cash prize of R50 000 and each of the five finalists receives a cash prize of R10 000. The Top 30 semi-finalists’ exhibition is displayed at the Lizamore & Associates Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, 6 April 2017 to 29 April 2017. The six winning decal designs are then displayed on 10 minibus taxis each, which travel different areas of the country for a period of six months.
Through devotion to consistent excellence, Lizamore & Associates are exploring transformative possibilities through contemporary art.
155 Jan Smuts Avenue
Keyes Art Mile
The opening of the TRUMPET in Rosebank, Johannesburg, marked the first exciting step in the transformation of Keyes Avenue into an open fusion of art and architecture – where art, design, life, leisure, fun, friends and work form one seamless experience. This is the vision of Keyes Art Mile – a neighbourhood with art at its heart.
Comparable to a village ‘high street,’ Keyes Art Mile is evolving to include a series of galleries and exhibition spaces showcasing local and international art and design. Residences, cafés, coffee-on-the-go, artisan eateries and a boutique butchery, as well as vibrant shops and spaces new to the Johannesburg scene, complete the experience.
Together with paved streets lined by rows of indigenous trees and plentiful parking facilities, the precinct breathes new life into and builds on the existing heritage of the avenue, home to the the 100-year old Everard Read, CIRCA Gallery and Speke, and the historic St Theresa’s School and catholic church.
On each first Thursday of every month, Keyes Art Mile comes to life in the form of a buzzing street party. Friends and family gather together to groove to vinyl sets of seventies soul and funk, indulge at the pop-up gin bar or the wide-ranging array of food trucks, all while soaking in the atmosphere of art and design.
Three globally respected galleries have opened exhibition spaces in Johannesburg – SMAC, What If The World and Southern Guild – bringing a selection of South Africa’s world-class artists and designers to Johannesburg to showcase their talents.
Expanding on this artful experience, Anatomy Design, Missibaba and Okapi sit comfortably beside the timeless modern masters of international design; Kartell, Moroso and Cassina, as well as FLOS Lighting’s unique blend of clean design and technology, while Shelflife ups the cool factor in its fast-flying limited edition sneaker store.
Adding culinary cafe culture to the street front, Milk Bar and BGR’s ‘best burger in town’ stands alongside the new concept butchery by acclaimed chef David Higgs. A majestic triple volume atrium leads visitors to the second floor where the MESH Club creates “common ground for uncommon people”. This curated, member-based community provides a workspace and platform for entrepreneurs, business minds, artists, professionals and young creatives to connect, network and collaborate in inspiring new ways, surrounded by state-of- the-art technology and a beautifully designed environment.
Crowning the TRUMPET with a breathtaking view over Johannesburg that steals the show, is David Higgs’ much-anticipated restaurant – Marble – a 200-seat masterpiece that brings the performance of live-fire culinary methods to the city.
TRUMPET - the first building in this exciting precinct - is a modern mixed-use design by Pierre Swanepoel from StudioMAS. TRUMPET continues the bold architectural journey that was started with the award winning CIRCA building next door on the corner of Keyes Avenue and Jellicoe Avenue.
Patrick Geddes might have imagined a place in the city like Keyes Art Mile, when he said, “A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.” It’s a simple but powerful description of the vision for Keyes Art Mile – a place of inspiration and pure wonder that will instil in people a feeling of local pride, becoming a creative place to connect and to share.
Keyes Art Mile represents a new approach to living – a place built to inspire and encourage creative living and generosity of design in a highly connected world in the heart of Johannesburg.