MAY JUNE 2014 programme
What & Where
18/04/2014 - ANOTHER COUNTRY BY REINER LEIST 13/07/2014 JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY STARTING AFRICAN METROPOLIS 09/05/2014 JOHANNESBURG & CAPE TOWN 09/05/2014 – EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL 18/05/2014 CAPE TOWN, DURBAN, JOHANNESBURG & PRETORIA 15/05/2014 – THE IMPERMANENCE MUSEUM 25/05/2014 GOETHE ON MAIN 17/05/2014
RED BY SIMON GUSH – FILM SCREENING GOETHE-INSTITUT, AUDITORIUM
27/05/2014 + SILKE Z. – PRIVATE SPACES 28/05/2014 SOWETO THEATRE 29/05/2014 – AFRICA JUNCTIONS BY LARD BUURMAN 04/07/2014 GOETHE-INSTITUT, GALLERY 22/06/2014 – AFFLECKTION 28/06/2014 GOETHE ON MAIN
24/06/2014 NEW SOUTH ARICAN VOICES: 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA – HOW DO WRITERS RESPOND? GOETHE-INSTITUT, LIBRARY 29/06/2014 – JOHANNESBURG WORKSHOP OF THEORY 11/07/2014 AND CRITICISM (JWTC) JOHANNESBURG, SWAZILAND, DURBAN, QUNU, GINSBERG, CAPE TOWN UNTIL RISE AND FALL OF APARTHEID 29/06/2014 MUSEUM AFRICA UNTIL THE DIVINE COMEDY 27/07/2014 FRANKFURT 03/06/2014 – THE SPOKEN WORD PROJECT IN GERMANY 06/06/2014 MANNHEIM, MAGDEBURG, HALLE, BERLIN
UNTIL FILM + SCHOOL CINEMA EDUCATION PROJECT 25/06/2014 THE BIOSCOPE INDEPENDENT CINEMA UNTIL JUNE 2014
KELEKETLA! – 56 YEARS OF THE TREASON TRIAL FREEDOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION LIVE ONLINE & AROUND AFRICA
UNTIL SEPT 2014
NINE URBAN BIOTOPES DURBAN, PARIS, TURIN JOIN US FOR GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES TERM DATES: 16/07/2014 – 23/09/2014
RED BY SIMON GUSH
UNTIL 17/05/2014 FILM SCREENING: 17/05/2014, 11H00 GOETHE-INSTITUT, GALLERY
Still screen of the documentary made by Simon Gush in collaboration with James Cairns
In July 1990 National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) presented Nelson Mandela with a red Mercedes-Benz 500 SE. The car was a present that had been built by the workers at the Mercedes Benz factory in East London. The workers had donated their time, while management had agreed to supply them with the parts. The car summed up many of the aspirations and tensions of an important transitional moment in South Africa. Despite the success of the car, the tensions between management and workers escalated and resulted in a wildcat sleep-in strike that closed production at the factory. The strikers used upholstery materials to create beds and uniforms, which were used during the sleep-in. Red examines the larger political and social story of the car and the strike that followed. The exhibition is made up of installation elements by Simon Gush and Mokotjo Mohulo, as well as a new documentary. It was made in collaboration with James Cairns, and follows story lines of individuals who were directly involved. A special screening of the documentary will be presented at the auditorium of the Goethe-Institut on 17 May at 11.00. Simon Gush has exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad, and with this exhibition continues his interest in the thematic of work.
ANOTHER COUNTRY BY REINER LEIST
18/04/2014 – 13/07/2014 OPENING RECEPTION 11/05/2014, 16H00 JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY Photographer Reiner Leist emigrated from West Germany to South Africa in 1988, where he stayed until he took up residence in the United States in 1994. During his time in South Africa – which constituted a significant period of transition to democracy – he started taking portraits of ordinary and extraordinary South Africans. Fifteen years later Leist returned in search of these individuals to take a second set of images for the photographic essay Another Country. According to the artist: “Since the late eighties, more than 200 South Africans have shared their perspectives on the country and their personal histories with me. These narratives have had a large impact on my view of the world, and influenced me in my professional capacity. Starting in 1988, the participants were invited to collaborate with me in the publication South Africa: Blue Portraits, which was published in 1993, just before the nation’s first democratic elections. Each person was asked to choose a background for a portrait in black and white; 73 of these were included in the final publication. In 2009 I began to revisit the participants in order to find out how their living circumstances had changed since our last discussion, through the lens of the original photographs. The new narratives form the content and the inspiration for Another Country, the follow up publication. In Another Country, black-and-white portraits are followed by new colour portraits of the participants or, in some cases, of surviving sons or daughters, a grandson, a new bearer of an office or position, or a visitor to the same site. The images are accompanied by edited versions of new interviews. In the editing process, I tried to preserve a sense of the words as spoken, and to offer the reader an experience as listener, in a bound collection of the visual and verbal stories of many of my teachers. I remain a student of their humanity and of the South African landscape.” The book Another Country is published by Jacana and accompanies the exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
Left: Denis Brookstein, Johannesburg Art Gallery, September 1991. Right: Fannie Malatjie, former colleague of Denis Brookstein, Johannesburg Art Gallery, February 2010
FROM 09/05/2014: THE BIOSCOPE INDEPENDENT CINEMA, JOHANNESBURG FROM 30/05/2014: LABIA THEATRE, CAPE TOWN
African Metropolis is a compilation of six short fiction films, set in six major African cities, a unique partnership towards new African cinema. The films from Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi tell urban tales about life in African metropolises. After the world premiere at last yearâ€™s Durban International Film Festival and festival screenings in Africa, North America and Europe, African Metropolis is being shown to a South African audience for the first time. The South African contribution to the short film project, directed by Vincent Moloi, tells the story of an ageing white man dealing with the demographical changes happening in Berea, Johannesburg. The African Metropolis Short Film Project is an initiative of the GoetheInstitut South Africa and executive producer Steven Markovitz, with
support from Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam. More information on www.goethe. de/africanmetropolis. For screening times, please visit www.thebioscope.co.za (JHB) and www.labia.co.za (CT)
EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
09/05/2014 – 18/05/2014 CINEMA NOUVEAU THEATRES IN CAPE TOWN, DURBAN, JOHANNESBURG & PRETORIA. SCREENINGS OF BARBARA IN JHB: 10/05, 20H00. 13/05, 14H30. 15/05, 17H30
Still screen of “Barbara” by Christian Petzold
The revived European Film Festival (EUFF 2014) presents ten internationally acclaimed films from ten of the most exciting European directors of the moment. All ten films will be screened for the first time in South Africa, and deal in different ways with the theme of the Festival – Beyond Love. The EUFF will be shown exclusively at Cinema Nouveau theatres and will run concurrently in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The film programme includes: Paradise: Love (Austria), The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium), The Hunt (Denmark), Stranger by the Lake (France), The Great Beauty (Italy), Tabu (Portugal), Child’s Pose (Romania), Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (Spain) and Le Week-End (United Kingdom). The German film on the programme is Barbara. Christian Petzold’s film, awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012, is a quiet, unexcited film with great attention to detail, offering a very exact picture of life in the GDR in the years before the fall of the Berlin wall. The European Film Festival is co-ordinated by the French Institute of South Africa and organised in partnership with the European Union, the British Council, the Camões Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Flemish government delegation the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, Denmark and
Spain, and the Goethe-Institut. Special festival rates apply. For more information and booking information visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or find us on Facebook and Twitter via #EuroFilmFestSA.
THE IMPERMANENCE MUSEUM
OPENING: 15/05/2014, 18H30, PERFORMANCE 19H30 RUNS UNTIL 25/05/2014 GOETHE ON MAIN, 245 MAIN ST, MABONENG PRECINCT ADMISSION: FREE The Impermanence Museum is a multi-media performance residency that explores processes of renewal and decay, of making and unmaking. The notion of impermanence is intrinsic to the performing arts and relates to the context of Johannesburg – a place of consistent change as new developments arise and the old slowly disappears, a duality of regeneration and nostalgia for places and things that have ceased to exist. The public is invited to visit the museum, an installation that will continuously change over the duration of the residency, and to witness a series of short performances with music, sand, light and objects. Museum opening hours: 16 – 18 May: 12H00 – 16H00 21– 25 May: 12H00 – 16H00 Performances: 17 and 24 May: 13H00 – 14H00 18 and 25 May: 13H00, 14H00, 15H00. © Naomi van Niekerk
27/05/2014 + 28/05/2014 SOWETO THEATRE; CNR BOLANI & BOLANI LINK RD, JABULANI, SOWETO In her dance performance, Cologne-based choreographer Silke Z. explores the idea of the private sphere. A male and a female dancer create an emotional landscape shaped by the dynamic interplay between closeness and distance, control and powerlessness. Private spheres emerge from which the audience cannot escape. The traditional stage is replaced by a space in which everyone shares in a common experience.
Private Spaces © Meyer Originals
Silke Z./resistdance is a dance company based in Cologne, producing in Germany as well as abroad. Under the artistic direction of Silke Z., the team works on contemporary dance performances and develops cross-over concepts with artists of different fields. The company works as an open system. Its main focus is on researching dance development, meeting the audience and developing new stage structures. For more information and bookings, please visit http://www.sowetotheatre.org.za
AFRICA JUNCTIONS BY LARD BUURMAN
OPENING 29/05/2014, 18H30 RUNS UNTIL 04/07/2014 GOETHE-INSTITUT, GALLERY, Johannesburg For Africa Junctions, Lard Buurman (1969, Netherlands) photographed 14 cities in 12 countries in Africa over a period of six years. The subsequent multi-layered photos not only challenge expectations of these urban hubs, but also the assumed veracity of “documentary photography”. Buurman constructs his photographic images from dozens of different photographs taken from the same viewpoint, which, according to the artist, “allows the viewer to feel the dynamics of city life in still images”. A selection of the images from this body of work will be on show at the Goethe-Institut gallery, and will be accompanied by the catalogue, Africa Junctions. Capturing the City, edited by Nina Folkersma and designed by Roosje Klap. The book is published by Hatje Cantz Verlag and contains over 80 of Lard Buurman’s photographs and essays by Chris Abani, N’Goné Fall, Chris Keulemans and Alexander Opper. Admission: free
Lard Buurman - Ghandi Square, Johannesburg, 2009-2010
AFFLECKTION: DANIEL BUCKLAND, BRIONY HORWITZ AND NKOSINATHI JOACHIM GAAR OPENING PERFORMANCE: 22/06/2014, 14H00 DAILY PERFORMANCES 24-28/06/2014, 19H30 GoetheonMain, 245 Main Street, Maboneng Precinct Afflecktion â€“ A play about re-making yourself and loving the familiar face of a celebrity (even one of the minor ones). Award winners Daniel Buckland, Briony Horwitz and Nkosinathi Joachim Gaar come together to deliver a fantastical black comedy that is at once haunting and majestic. Afflecktion is a mixed media production featuring puppetry and mask work. It conjures a world of side-show freaks, travelling carnivals and 1950s showmanship. Simultaneously, the show invokes mainstream American romantic comedies and thrillers. Through the close proximity of these mediums, the characters relate to distant celebrities as pseudo-familiars and spurn intimate realities as abhorrent. Each of them somehow seeks to become bigger than the commonplace they are surrounded by. The resulting world is a kaleidoscope where the grotesque is made heroic, where ruthlessness is mandatory for true achievement, and where the value of exactly the right kind of face is well established and unshakeable. Right on the cutting edgeâ€Ś
NEW SOUTH ARICAN VOICES: 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA – HOW DO WRITERS RESPOND? 24/06/2014, 19H00 GOETHE-INSTITUT, LIBRARY In 2012, the Goethe-Institut launched New South African Voices, a series of literary talks and readings, presenting established South African authors together with new literary voices. The idea is to discover new topics and compare different literary approaches. New South African Voices takes place bimonthly at the library of the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg. The June event, titled 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa – How do writers respond will bring together two renowned and much talked about authors, Fred Khumalo and Imraan Coovadia. Fred Khumalo, formerly editor of the Sunday Times Review, is a renowned columnist and author of The Lighter Side of Robben Island, Bitches Brew and Seven Steps To Heaven, among other books. He has worked in various capacities for newspapers in South Africa and overseas. Between 2011 and 2012 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Imraan Coovadia is currently based in Cape Town where he lectures in the English Department at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of two recent novels, The Institute for Taxi Poetry (2012) and a collection of essays, Transformations (2012). In 2010, his novel High Low In-between won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing in English. New South African Voices is curated and presented by Morakabe Raks Seakhoa and Indra Wussow.
JOHANNESBURG WORKSHOP OF THEORY AND CRITICISM (JWTC)
29/06/2014 – 11/07/2014 JOHANNESBURG, SWAZILAND, DURBAN, QUNU, GINSBERG, CAPE TOWN Archives of the Non-Racial is the theme of the 2014 session of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC). The goal of the 2014 JWTC is to offer a space to rethink the politics of racialisation and the terms under which the struggle for racial justice unfolds in the world today. What are the contemporary reconfigurations and mutations of race and racism? What forms does the struggle for racial justice take in a contemporary world, a time that often claims to have gone beyond the racial? Under what conditions, and how, do we transform and invigorate anti-racist thought and praxis? The 2014 JWTC session will take place from June 29 to July 11 and will travel to four different South African cities as well as to Mbabane, Swaziland. This ‘mobile workshop’ will host conversations in places with important contributions to the archive of the struggle for racial justice. The conversations will put these local histories in dialogue with similar struggles in other parts of the world, in particular with India, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. Organized in partnership with the University of California Humanities Research Institute and its Seminar on Experimental Critical Theory (SECT), the events of the 2014 JWTC Session are open to the public. For further information please visit the website www.jwtc.org.za
Image courtesy of Moshekwa Langa, detail from Marhumbini: In An Other Time mixed media 2011
RISE AND FALL OF APARTHEID: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE BUREAUCRACY OF EVERYDAY LIFE
UNTIL 29/06/2014 MUSEUM AFRICA, 21 BREE ST, NEWTOWN Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life is on show at Museum Africa in Johannesburg. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, this award-winning exhibition, organised by the International Center of Photography, and curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester, offers an unprecedented and comprehensive historical overview of the pictorial response to apartheid. Encompassing more than 800 Graeme Williams, Walter Sisulu and his wife Albertina at their Soweto home after his release from prison, 1989. Courtesy the artist. © Graeme Williams.
photographs, artworks, films, videos, documents, posters, and periodicals, the exhibition brings together a rich tapestry of material –
much of which has rarely been shown together. The exhibition is brought to Johannesburg by the Ford Foundation and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), and supported by the Goethe-Institut, as well as other partners. Learners and community groups can now book free guided tours of the exhibition by contacting 011 834 5624 Ext 225/227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information and related events on www.riseandfallofapartheid.org. Admission: free
THE DIVINE COMEDY: HEAVEN, HELL, PURGATORY REVISITED BY CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ARTISTS
UNTIL 27/07/2014 MUSEUM FÜR MODERNE KUNST (MMK), FRANKFURT, GERMANY In The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK, Museum of Modern
Aïda Muluneh, The 99 Series (Detail), 2013 Series of seven photographs © Aïda Muluneh
Art) in Frankfurt (Germany) serves as a stage for Dante’s Divine Comedy. In this epic, Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) explores theological, philosophical and moral issues which are still socially and politically relevant today. On three floors (heaven, hell and purgatory), the artists examine individual thematic sequences of the Divine Comedy, using a variety of media: paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, installations and performances.
spoken word project in germany
03/06/2014: FEATURED POETS AT POETRY SLAM, MANNHEIM 04/06/2014: THE SPOKEN WORD PROJECT SHOW, MAGDEBURG 05/06/2014: THE SPOKEN WORD PROJECT SHOW, HALLE 06/06/2014: POESIEFESTIVAL, AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE, BERLIN After visits to eight African countries, The Spoken Word Project has completed its circle on the continent and is now moving to the German
Sbu Simelane ÂŠ Goethe-Institut
capital. Julian Heun, the German slam poetry artist who was involved in the project right from the beginning is conducting a workshop with Sbu Simelane (Johannesburg), Wanjiku Mwaurah (Nairobi) and Serge Agnessan (Abidjan) at the beginning of June in Berlin and takes the group through four cities in Germany. Follow them on www.goethe.de/spokenword or on www.facebook.com/TheSpokenWordProject.
FILM + SCHOOL CINEMA EDUCATION PROJECT
UNTIL 25/06/2014 THE BIOSCOPE INDEPENDENT CINEMA, 286 FOX ST, MABONENG PRECINCT The central focus of the 2014 Film+School Cinema Education Project is the theme of 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa. The programme will screen films from an innovative, new education project called Why Democracy? and produced by Steps International. This series, which uses documentary film to get people talking about democracy, will see students watching a collection of moving and thought-provoking films that tackle big issues and pose challenging questions. The programme will cover a range of themes including campaigning, democracy in developing nations, women and democracy and human rights. Through the programme, young learners will come to a broader understanding of the causes and effects of poverty. For bookings and more information, please contact Puleng on 0762532530 or email@example.com.
YOUTH MEDIA PLATFORM
KELEKETLA! – 56 YEARS OF THE TREASON TRIAL
JANUARY – JUNE 2014 FREEDOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE, JOHANNESBURG The Keleketla! Library is an independent library and information centre that serves the Johannesburg inner city community. Keleketla! is currently completing a 6-month residency at Freedom Community College (3rd floor, room 231). Over the coming months, the Keleketla! team will engage with the editing of the 56 Years of the treason trial publication and a school curriculum through cross-disciplinary practices and collaborative content development. Another aspect of the residency is to conduct research on Keleketla! as an alternative infrastructure that operates within school hours, with the interest to support and introduce creative art processes to a broader scope of learning. The Goethe-Institut supports Keleketla! as an important creative space in downtown Johannesburg. More information on www.keleketla.org.
PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION LIVE
JUNE 2014 Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station (PASS) plays host to genre-busting music interventions from the African world, curated by Ntone Edjabe and Neo Muyanga and dedicated to exploring new musical territory. For 2014, Chimurenga presents PASS LIVE, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut. This series of live broadcasts will include artists from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and others, coming together for in-studio performances which will be transmitted to the world via YouTube Live and the PASS website. Tune in to www.panafricanspacestation.org.za for audio and updates.
ARTISTIC RESEARCH AND EXCHANGE
NINE URBAN BIOTOPES
JANUARY – SEPTEMBER 2014 Nine Urban Biotopes (9UB) is an artist-in-residence programme that brings together artists and urban practitioners working in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, London, Paris, Turin and Berlin. They engage in a working process that combines cultural exchange with artistic research
and production, in order to reflect upon global processes and their local impacts. On 1 April, three additional projects kicked off and will run until the end of June 2014. Architect Taswald Pillay, working with partner Quatorze, engages with a Roma community on the outskirts of Paris. At the same time, photographer and media artist Armin Linke works with local partner dala:artachitecture and commutes with street vendors and market sellers from Durbanâ€™s market district. Artist Dan Halter works with Instituto Wesen, gardens in an allotment in Turin next to the Fiat manufacturing plants. Each project includes an integrated reporter. Their progress can be followed on www.urban-biotopes.net. A mobile exhibition and interconnect the different biotopes with each other.
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