Freedom to Dance at Arts Alive
Aug26

Freedom to Dance at Arts Alive

There’s one week to go till the City of Johannesburg’s nearly month-long Arts Alive festival kicks off on the 3rd of September  – we’re hoping you’ve already decided which part of the festival calls your name and booked your baby-sitter.  This year we’re spoilt for choice with a broad line up of dance, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, poetry and music to choose from throughout September…  We’re going to be covering the Freedom to Dance House and Hip Hop event at Carfax that kicks off the festival  – here’s the deal: The stage is set, the line-up has been finalised, finishing touches are being made and the smell of excitement and anticipation is thick in the air. It’s that time of year again… the 2009 17th annual Joburg Arts Alive International Festival set to take place in Johannesburg between the 3rd and 27th of September. In addition to the numerous captivating art disciplines set to grace urban central Johannesburg such as, theatre, dance (from classical to contemporary and street), visual arts, comedy, spoken word and poetry, the festival will also play host to the Arts Alive Freedom to Dance extravaganza, taking place at Carfax – Jozi on Friday the 4th of September 2009. Aimed at youth, this evening will whet the appetite of the toughest music critic with performances by leading house and hip hop DJ’s from South Africa. Guests on the evening will also be privy tothe electric legendary beats of international house sensation Rocco who by reputation exceeds all expectations. A regular on the Europe, USA and Asia house scenes, Rocco’s Deep House is rapidly growing in popularity among South African audiences. Rocco has previously been welcomed to South African shores and has played for an astounding 3000 spectators. His most recent release called “Someday” on Real Tone Records struck a chord with international and South African audiences alike having made its way to the Traxsource’s charts for 3 weeks and already supported by Louie Vega, Mr V. and Laurent Garnier! The House Floor at Carfax will also play host to many talented South African DJ’S including MacG, Mo Flava, Willie, Oskido, Bouer and Monde. And who could forget to mention the infamously popular Black Coffee who began his DJ career in 1994 while still in High School? His Deep/Afro House, Soulful Lounge, and broken beats are known around the country and are testament to his excellence. If Hip Hop is more your scene then get ready for an evening filled with insane beats and wicked rhymes. With appearances by Beatoven, Vigi, and Tholi B the evening is set to rock all the way through to the...

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Don’t Miss: Two eminent Jozi photographer’s exhibiting
Jul08

Don’t Miss: Two eminent Jozi photographer’s exhibiting

Get to the Brodie/Stevenson gallery next Monday night the 13 July 09  for a one-on-one walkabout with photographer Zanele Muholi.  Zanele will be showing visitors around the  her latest exhibit entitled Faces and Phases that opens tomorrow night. Musa Nxumalo will also be exhibiting his Alternative Kids at The Photo Workshop Gallery from 8 July -AND the two artists will be discussing ‘Sexuality and Subculture’ after Zanele’s walkabout… sho, lots to see – GO GO GO : Faces and Phases Brodie/Stevenson presents a solo exhibition by Zanele Muholi 9 July – 1 August 2009 Please join us for the opening on Thursday 9 July 2009 at 6pm Zanele Muholi will be giving a walkabout on Monday 13 July 2009 at 2pm at Brodie/Stevenson. The walkabout will be followed by a discussion between Zanele Muholi and Musa Nxumalo titled ‘Sexuality and Subculture’ to be held at the Market Photo Workshop.  The discussion will be held on Monday 13 July 2009 at 6pm at the Market Photo Workshop. Zanele Muholi’s exhibition Faces and Phases is showing at Brodie/Stevenson from 9 July – 1 August 2009. Faces and Phases is an ongoing series of black and white portraits that focuses on the commemoration and celebration of black lesbians’ lives, and challenges the public’s perceptions of female and male identity.Collectively, the portraits become an act of visual activism, the photographer’s response to the violation, rape and murder of innocents because of their sexualities and ethnicities. Depicting women of various ages and backgrounds, this gallery of images offers a powerful statement about the similarities and diversity that exists within the human race. For more information about Zanele Muholi’s exhibition please click here Brodie/Stevenson is located on the ground floor, 373 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall, Johannesburg. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am to 5.30pm, and Saturday from 9.30am to 3pm. Email info@brodiestevenson.com. Telephone +27 (0)11 326 0034. Fax +27 (0)11 326 0041. For directions to Brodie/Stevenson please click here For directions to the Market Photo Workshop please click here Musa Nxumalo’s exhibition Alternative Kidz is at The Photo Workshop Gallery from 8 July – 9 August 2009. Musa Nxumalo is the 2008 Edward Ruiz Mentorship recipient; his exhibition documents urban black youth who choose to identify with alternative culture. In doing so, Nxumalo re-presents and repositions not only mainstream South African youth culture, but also the ability of alternative counter-culture to react against social stereotyping. In this context, alternative culture is both culturally dissonant and individually liberating. For more information about Musa Nxumalo’s exhibition please click...

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Dark Side of the Moon at UCA Gallery
Jul06

Dark Side of the Moon at UCA Gallery

dark side of the moon                                  1 July – 24 July 2009 In dark side of the moon at UCA Gallery the selected artists all have a quality of exploring and experimenting, be it visually or conceptually, by using the traditional mediums in a new and exciting way, pushing the boundaries of the imagination and giving us new insight as to what art can potentially be or should be, perhaps, to test the limits of the imagination. Featured artists will be Christiaan Diedericks, Julia Mary Grey, Wonder, Albert Coertse, Shani Nel, Conor Ralphs, Hannalie Taute and Theo Kleynhans.. The exhibition will open on Wednesday 1 July and close on 24 July 2009. Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm Mon – Fri, 9am – 1pm Sat 46 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town. T: 021 447 4132 E: info@ucagallery.co.za W: www.ucagallery.co.za A group exhibition of artists who choose to use traditional media for expression in inventive and innovative ways, ‘exploring the unknown’ so to speak.  The artists featured will be Christiaan Diedericks, Julia Mary Grey, Wonder, Albert Coertse, Shani Nel, Conor Ralphs, Hannalie Taute and Theo Kleynhans. Because of the fact that we never get to see the ‘dark side of the moon’ as the moon’s rate of rotation has become (almost) synchronized with its orbit, it has become synonymous with the unknown and unexplored places of ones own imagination. The unknown factor exists and permeates everything but which cannot be explained and which is veiled from conventional conscious knowledge. Certain artists in the past and present have always found it necessary to explore this ‘other’, unknown/sub-conscious side of themselves and their imagination, and in so doing have created works that can be playful, fantastic or dark and ominous. Being freed from the necessity of depicting the world in a traditional naturalistic way by new forms of media like photography and film, artists have been able to explore and offer new forms/shapes and imaginary landscapes and in so doing find new ways of expressing the subconscious world (which is another symbolic link/association that we have given to the moon – the dream world) and fantasy worlds. In dark side of the moon the selected artists all have this quality of exploring and experimenting, be it visually or conceptually, by using the traditional mediums in a new and exciting way, pushing the boundaries of the imagination and giving us new insight as to what art can potentially be or should be, perhaps, to test the limits of the imagination. The exhibition will open Wednesday evening at 6pm on the 1st of July and close on the 24th of July...

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CT: Obie Oberholzer solo exhibition
May24

CT: Obie Oberholzer solo exhibition

Legendary South African photographer Obie Oberholzer‘s solo exhibition ‘Diesel and Dust’ opens at the Erdmann Contemporary gallery in Cape Town on Wednesday the 3rd of June. Contact the gallery to join the special walk-about with Oberholzer on Thursday 4 June @ 11:00.  Say no more – just go go go. Oberholzer is an avid storyteller, fond of dispensing profound statements and dazzling images of his colourful journeys all across Africa. He is the Wyatt Earp of the photographic world, always traveling alone, always taking with him a stirring collection of vibrant memories of  the unknown, remote places that we usually don’t ever get to see. His latest solo exhibition, Diesel & Dust, curated by Heidi Erdmann and Karen Grunwald, is a long awaited and also signals the end of analogue. After several decades of hand-printing all his photographs, Oberholzer has finally dismantled his darkroom at the beginning of 2009. Oberholzer taught photography at Rhodes University, Grahamstown until he retired in 2002. He now works full time on his photography. Erdmann Contemporary 63 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001. PO Box 51151, Waterfront, 8002 t +27 21 422 2762    f +27 21 422 3278    m 072 356 7056 photogallery@mweb.co.za www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za mon – fri 10:00 – 17:00, sat 11:00 – 13:00, sun by appointment...

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Experimental project space opens in downtown Jozi
May08

Experimental project space opens in downtown Jozi

GoetheonMain is opening tonight as part of the Arts on Main development in downtown Johannesburg. The 273 m2 space is intended as a multi-disciplinary project room, tonight’s launch will feature Isicathamiya and Oswenka performances and a photo projection of Sabelo Mlangeni’s new body of work Men Only, which will be followed on 8 to 10 May by the Informal Architecture master class – an architecture workshop on the structures that fills the gaps left by city planning. Ismail Farouk’s Trolley Works, the first of eight projects chosen by an independent jury, will open on 29 April. Opening Night:  Mai Mai goes Main Isicathamiya and Oswenka Performances & Men Only – a photo projection of Sabelo Mlangeni’s new body of work on the George Goch hostel When:  8 May, 6 pm Where:  GoetheonMain, Arts on Main, 245 Main Street (Closest corner Berea Street), City & Suburban, Johannesburg. From May onwards GoetheonMain will host eight projects selected from the open call for proposals that was launched in early March. The process will be repeated later in the year and is set to run twice a year. The distinguished jury consisting of Paul Grootboom, Sibongile Khumalo, Melissa Mboweni, Simon Njami and Hans-Georg Knopp met to decide the projects to be realised at GoetheonMain this year. The chosen proposals are reflective of the multi-disciplinary nature of GoetheonMain and the urban space that surrounds it. Art outreach project Sutherland Reflections; city intervention Trolley Works; a music and dance performance entitled Trespassing Permitted; visual art exhibition dedicated to Women’s day; Rhythm Tap. Multimedia Dance Project; a performance piece Fragile and Selogilwe; interdisciplinary presentation Merry Christmas Minister!; as well as Red Arts photography presentation and literature workshops, found the judges’ favour. With GoetheonMain, the Goethe-Institut engages with issues central to metropolises all over the world, and in particular Johannesburg. Through an engagement with the arts, urbanity is looked at: the hybridity, frenetic energy and constant transformation that make up our cities. Informal Architecture Master Class When: 9 & 10 May Despite the UN-Habitat’s call for “cities without slums” pronounced in 1999, the number of informal settlements has drastically increased. Similar ambitions are expressed closer to home: In South Africa housing lists dating back to 1998 demonstrate that formal approaches to housing delivery are not effective enough. The informal city fills the gaps left by what the formal city does not and cannot provide. Yet it is largely condemned and outlawed – its potential hidden. 26’10 south Architects has, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, embarked on a research project to gather information in the form of mappings and drawings which capture the spatial and functional qualities of...

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