Mikhael Subotzky: Retinal Shift Standard Bank Gallery 17 April – 15 June 2013 Retinal Shift, the exhibition by Mikhael Subotzky, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for the Visual Arts in 2012, will be on display at Standard Bank Gallery from 17 April to 15 June 2013. This is the final stage in the country-wide tour of the exhibition which was first shown at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in mid-2012. Retinal Shift investigates the practice and mechanics of looking – in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices, and Subotzky’s own history as an artist. The works on exhibition draw from a diversity of sources: archival portraits from the last century, found surveillance footage, and Subotzky’s own photographs from various series that have been re-contextualised. The opening work on the exhibition, Self-Portrait (With Assistance of Optometrist) (2012) shows high-resolution images of Subotzky’s left and right retinas placed side by side. Speaking of this work the artist says, “I was fascinated by this encounter. At the moment that my retinas, my essential organs of seeing, were photographed, I was blinded by the apparatus that made the images. So it is a self-portrait of myself, the photographer, at a moment that I could not see.” Retinal Shift extends this motif of looking while not seeing – exploring it through Grahamstown’s history, our contemporary surveillance society, and the artist’s personal attempts to see. Subotzky’s photographic work combines the directness of the social documentary mode with a questioning of the nature of the photographic medium itself. This is evidenced in the five series of works that make up Retinal Shift: Moses and Griffiths (2012), Who’s Who (2012), Don’t Even Think of It (2012), CCTV (2011) and I Was Looking Back (2012) – a compilation of images from Subotzky’s archive. Individually and collectively these demonstrate his concern with the structures of narrative and . . .
An exhibition of Gerard Sekoto’s work, entitled Song for Sekoto 1913 – 2013, his life and times will be presented at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) in Johannesburg, from 26 April to 2 June 2013, in celebration of the centenary of the artist’s birth. This exhibition has been sponsored by Merrill Lynch, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, with support from BHP Billiton, Business and Arts South Africa, Webber Wentzel and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. Gerard Sekoto is considered by many to be the ‘Father of South African Art’. As a South African, some of his works have achieved extremely high values in the international art market with pieces carried in private and corporate collections around the world. In his birthplace of South Africa however, he is still relatively ‘unknown’ amongst the general public. In recent years Sekoto’s local profile has been raised by the extensive efforts of author Barbara Lindop – both through the research and publication of her books on the topic, and her work in establishing and running the Gerard Sekoto Foundation. It is under these auspices that this exhibition was initiated, in order to facilitate further discovery of the excellence and depths of Sekoto’s important multi-disciplinary works. Supplemented by a personal history, documents and photographs this showcase will allow Sekoto’s work to be considered for the first time within the tangible context of his life and the extraordinary circumstances in which he lived. “At the conceptual core of this exhibition is the staging of Sekoto’s texts in relation to his paintings and sketches; his thoughts, ideas, ideals and conflicts offering a means of understanding the man behind the images. The complexity of his responses to his socio-political context in his private texts goes far beyond the seeming naivety of his early paintings, for example, shedding a quite particular light on his position in relation to what was happening in the country at the time.” . . .
Skills transfer and capacity building of Eastern Cape artists is at the heart of a new partnership between the National Arts Festival, the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts & Culture Council (ECPACC) and the Port Elizabeth Opera House. The Port Elizabeth Opera House is one of the oldest theatre buildings in South Africa. The partnership will focus on highlighting this historical site to visiting producers and presenters who visit the National Arts Festival with a view towards increasing the profile of the theatre amongst the arts community and also amongst theatre enthusiasts. A series of professional workshops in arts management, marketing and technical production leading up to the Festival will enlist professionals from across the country to work alongside the management of the Port Elizabeth Opera House, to enable the theatre to find its place alongside other leading arts institutions. The ‘Creative Consultants Project’ will identify six innovative directors to offer artistic feedback to the Port Elizabeth Opera House's six productions that will be staged at the Festival. Seven additional Eastern Cape productions will receive added support through a special programme devised jointly between the ECPACC, Port Elizabeth Opera House and the National Arts Festival. Fourteen community-based artists selected from across the Eastern Cape will be supported by the Port Elizabeth Opera House and the ECPACC to participate in the Festival's Remix Laboratory. Established in 2009, the Festival's Remix Laboratory is a highly structured and focused programme that gives community-based artists the opportunity to enjoy a productive Festival and to be exposed to how professional writers, directors, stage management and arts administrators work behind the scenes. This new partnership comes as a result of three months of roundtable meetings between Ismail Mahomed (Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival), Mondle Ngonyama (General Manager of the Port Elizabeth . . .
At a media briefing yesterday morning, the Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown – commissioners and curators respectively of the 2013 South African Pavilion – announced the theme and some of the artists that will be representing South Africa at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. Curator of this exhibition, Brenton Maart, gives context for their choices: “To understand how and why histories continue to impact on the world today, contemporary South African artists are turning to the archive, and the chronicles of history here become the building blocks for creative action. Working with archives in a creative ways allows the artist to create work with the potential to (de)construct ideologies, and thus change the course of our contemporary world. In South Africa, specifically, artists may therefore be seen as activists in the evolution of democracy, and it is this evolution that is explored in Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive.” “The voices contained in this exhibition are as rich and varied as those of the citizens of our country. They are bold and they are brave. Some are already celebrated internationally, some are beginning to make their voices heard. All are immensely talented and, as a nation, we are proud of them and of the opportunity to showcase them to the world.” said Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile. The following artists have been contracted so far, to appear as part of the exhibition: Joanne Bloch, Wim Botha, Kay Hassan, David Koloane, Gerhard Marx, Maj a Marx and Philip Miller, Sam Nhlengethwa, Johannes Phokela, Cameron Platter, Andrew Putter, Penny Siopis and Sue Williamson. Some of the work represented will draw from the oeuvre of these artists, while some will be commissioned specifically for this exhibition. “The painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, film, electronic and performance work on exhibition are as representative of the diversity of concerns as of . . .
Easter weekend offers everyone a chance to enjoy leisure activities with friends and family. With Mi Casa & Natasha Meister performing at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert on Sunday March 31 at Kirstenbosch where else would you want to be? The most beautiful garden in Africa plays host to these performers at this penultimate concert of the season. As a destination Kirstenbosch is the perfect spot to picnic, enjoy great music or simply enjoy the ambience of this acclaimed Botanical Garden. With a concert stage that is overlooked by the majestic Table Mountain, musicians consider that performing on this stage to a crowd of 5000 is the pinnacle of their career and audiences are treated to the best that this country offers. Mi Casa has shot to fame in three short years, scooping up SAMA awards with their soulful house music and showing just how talented South Africa’s musician’s are. Groove to the sound of Mi Casa’s three members, Dr Duda (producer and club DJ), J’Something (vocalist and guitarist) and Mo-T (trumpeter) as they blend their musical talent to create a soulful sound. Warm house beats peppered with jazz trumpet and a fresh twist of soul, the Mi Casa sound recipe is rich and authentic. Since the band was founded in 2010, they have already won three SAMA Awards. No stranger to the Kirstenbosch stage Natasha Meister opens the show and, having been named SA’s very own Blues Queen, this singer – songwriter already has a strong fan base. In the three years since returning from Canada to her ancestral home in Africa she has carved a strong niche for herself on the blues platform. Soon after her first overseas tour in Dubai with Jimmy Thomas, Michael Roach and The Crossroads band, Natasha became South Africa’s first woman to be endorsed by Fender. Her recently released You Tube/Facebook videos are creating a big stir locally and abroad. She was endorsed by Lakewood Guitars in Germany. Her first album ‘Halfway, Natasha Meister band’ produced by Roger . . .
Jsam, DJ and entertainer announces the release of his debut record, Revenghar single, as well as a new music video for this title track. The music is progressive house music and his work promises to take house music to a deeper level and brings new sound, earthly house music with his awesome beast and instruments of solid quality house music. His passion for new sound and excellent music is witness on Revenghar which has been written and produced by Alexander Avilla. Revenghar is already making the airwaves around Europe, on social media, radio DJ’s and night Club DJ’s can’t get enough of it. This is the song everyone will be soon talking about it and it’s a must listen too. The single will see its release on the 25 March 2013 worldwide. Jsam’s debut album titled Together for the Music is 10 tracks album will be release follow later both on line and on physical Cd in South Africa and Europe. Together for the Music has a high influence of 1990s and current sounds which have been improved.The album is suitable for all occasions and yet full of chemistry. Jsam’s aim is to find the sounds no one has heard before, to push his music as far as it will go and to make a fresh exciting record. Jsamhaule known as - Jsam is a South African born house music DJ and Entrepreneur. He is full of life, dynamic, outspoken and has a great sense of humour. Sammy’s music features vocals from a number of international musicians. Sammy grew up in an environment of music lovers such as his father who ran a Stockvel club (Local drinking place) and was a DJ himself during the 1970s and 1980s. Also inspired by South African band/artist such as Mdu, Boom Shaka, Dj Christos and known American band/artists like Black Eyed Peas, Groove Theory and Sweetback. In 2003 he moved to the United Kingdom where he stayed for several years and obtained British Citizen status. He is currently based both United Kingdom and South Africa. His Together for the Music album which top international music . . .
Heart 104.9FM, Cape Town’s Beat will be announcing its new DJ line up on the 14th March from 18:00h to 22:00 at the Heart 104.9FM balcony. The fresh new line up will be effective from Monday ,18 March. Celebrity entertainment for the night will include; Heartboxing pop singer and songwriter, Jimmy Nevis; Capetonian female band ,BlackByrd ; and famous Comedian, Marc Lottering. Heart 104.9 FM welcomes Suga into a new time slot from 15:00 to 18:00 for the afternoon Drive show, offering contemporary urban and pop music flavoured with the latest entertainment and lifestyle news. Suga is recognized by her charismatic and bubbly personality that is a firm favourite with so many listeners. From 18 March, Cape Town’s most recognised voice, Diggy Bongz will be looking after Suga’s former programme “In the Mix”, from Monday to Thursday, 19:00 to 22:00. Aden Thomas, Saskia Falken and Clarence Ford will remain in their current time slots. “The plan is not to change too many on-air components, but rather to enhance the listener experience. All this will be made possible with a fresh new culture and vibe of the programming team and great content both on-air and in social media spaces”, says Heart 104.9FM newly appointed Programming Manager Denver Apollus. The 2013 Programme line up is as follows - Monday to Friday: 06:00 to 09:00 : Aden Thomas 09:06 to 12:00 : Saskia Falken 12:00 to 15:00 : Clarence Ford 15:00 to 18:00 : Suga 18:00 to 22:00 : Diggy Bongz (Mon – Thurs only). “My vision for Heart 104.9FM will be to help re-package the entire brand and focus on the core audience who have stayed loyal to the station. They will encounter new experiences with their favourite brand, be it on-air, at events and even in their own living spaces,” says Heart 104.9FM’s Managing Director, Gary Petersen. Keep your dial locked onto Heart 104.9FM - 24 hours a day, Monday to Sunday , or visit www.104.9fm. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: maya setti . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, is pleased to announce an increase in the value of their Performing Arts Scholarships for local aspirant performers. These scholarships are awarded to ambitious youngsters keen to embark on a career in the performing arts, through an annual country-wide competition. Through this generous injection of funds from the sponsors, an additional scholarship will be awarded from 2013; providing a substantial boost to the Performing Arts Scholarships Programme and increasing the total value of the scholarships awarded by more than R100,000. Maseda Ratshikuni, Head: Cause Marketing at Nedbank says they are delighted to be part of this initiative yet again. “Nedbank has a proud history of supporting the arts, through our Arts Affinity programme which has contributed nearly R15 million in support of more than 700 arts, culture and heritage projects countrywide. We are highly involved in the communities we serve. Our support of the ACT Scholarships Programme demonstrates our commitment to the development, promotion and preservation of the arts in our country.” he says. Since the inception of the programme in 2009, six scholarships to the value of more than R600,000 have been awarded. Steve Norman won the inaugural Scholarship and is currently in his final year of Theatre and Performance studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In 2010 Zola Myeza from KwaZulu-Natal walked away with a Scholarship and is also enrolled at UCT. In 2011 two Scholarships were awarded – Nomagugu Gumede from KwaZulu-Natal enrolled at Howard College; and Tankiso Mamabolo from the Eastern Cape is now in her second year of study at UCT. Chantel Evans and Amanda Kunene each won a R105,000 Scholarship in 2012, and are enrolled at Tswhane University of Technology’s Musical Theatre Department and at Howard College respectively. Three scholarships . . .
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China Standard Bank Gallery 30 January – 28 March 2013 Don’t miss the opportunity to view an extraordinary exhibition which seeks to open up new conversations about cultural diversity, social tolerance and human understanding at a time of intense movement and change in the Global South. Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces. The exhibition includes works in diverse media by internationally acclaimed Chinese artists, Wu Junyong, Chen Qiulin, Maleonn and Qin Ga and local artists Lebogang Rasethaba, Gerald Machona, Michael MacGarry and James Webb. Also on display are a number of videos of performance pieces by Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Hua Jiming, Qin Ga, Athi-Patra Ruga, Randolph Hartzenberg and Brent Meistre which embed the action of ‘making way’ in personally, culturally and locally intimate ways. This exhibition, curated by Ruth Simbao, Associate Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Rhodes University is on view at Standard Bank Gallery until 28 March 2013. The Gallery (Corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg;Tel: 011 631 4467) is open Mondays to Fridays, 08:00-16:30; on Saturdays, 09:00-13:00; and is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. For more information about Standard Bank Gallery see www.standardbankarts.co .za. For more information about Making Way see www.makingway.co.za. URL: http://standardbankarts.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Deja Vu Photographer: Maleonn [/l2g] . . .
As the season winds down The Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert on Sunday March 24 at Kirstenbosch brings two popular groups to the stage and the promise of a rock ‘n roll afternoon. Shadowclub brings a rootsy, bluesy rock to the stage. Inspired by classic rock acts, they are about powerful songs performed with passion. Keeping it simple, the trio, consisting of Jacques Moolman, Isaac Klawansky and Louis Fourie belt out short, fast, banging tracks that are fun to play and easy for a crowd to connect with. Considered a band that exemplifies rock ‘n roll this is a group that has a great future and enormous appeal to all ages. Gangs of Ballet will be opening the concert. The four band members, Brad Klynsmith, Jonathan Rich, Hardus de Beer and Josh Klynsmith, have combined their various individual tastes and styles to create a sound that is captivatingly fresh. Their music cannot be pinned down to any specific genre but rather experiments with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance. Get your dancing shoes on and celebrate summer at this next concert. Pack a picnic, gather your friends and family and enjoy the backdrop of the most magnificent garden in Africa as the music rocks on. Details: The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (RhodesDrive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00 Tickets R85 for adults: R75 for Botanical Society members, R60 for youth (6 to 21 For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music. Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG A chance to win: Every week during the series Old Mutual will be running a Green Carpet VIP Experience online competition. The winner will receive: A reserved spot on the lawn for a party of 6; A Green Cab Shuttle Service . . .