09 Feb See this, do that: Joburg | 9-15 February
This week in Joburg you get to hang out with the Children of the Wind, take part in a fun festival in Hillbrow, experience an audio-visual classical performance, and learn some printmaking techniques.
Wednesday, 10 February:
The Reinhold Cassier Award has become well known for it’s ability to locate young and upcoming local artists. Bag Factory is hosting Continuum, an exhibition aimed at celebrating 5 years of Reinhold Cassier Award winners with new work from Tshepo Mosopa, Blessing Ngobeni, Asanda Kupa, Thato Nhlapo and Keneilwe Mokoena. Visit Facebook for more info.
Thursday, 11 February:
Øyeblikk – A Series of Moments
Last year young composer Caroline Leisegang released her debut album, taking the classical world by storm to become the best selling classical release on iTunes in SA. This Thursday at Circa on Jellicoe she’s presenting a conceptual fusion of art, dance and music. The hauntingly beautiful composition, Øyeblikk – A Series of Moments, will be performed by pianist Jude Van der Wat with a special performance by Caroline, accompanied by dance by Alice Kok, visual mapping and animation of sketches done by Jean-Michel Wickli, and visuals by Darling. Check the event page for more.
In a solo exhibition launching at Constitution Hill, Andy Cohen uses psychoanalysis to explore the therapeutic application of art in everyday life. The show is based around her lifelong relationship with storytelling through art, and plays with the idea of composing and decomposing. Find more info here.
HAZARD Gallery is hosting their first group exhibition of 2016, curated by Bongani Njalo. August House will feature artworks by the likes of Colbert Mashile, Angelique Koekemoer, Sabelo Gxoyiya, Gene Gualdi and many more. Click here for details.
Children of the Wind
This Thursday spoken-word artist Modise Sekgothe and musician Itai Hakim are kicking off a one of a kind, three day event. In Children of the Wind at the Afrikan Freedom Station from 11-13 Feb, the two friends will present new music as well as a mixture of new and known poetry. Get more details here.
Saturday, 13 February:
A Workshop Marathon
After the success of their first workshop marathon held towards the end of last year, Prints on Paper and Assemblage are hosting another series of events in Newtown, teaching various printmaking techniques (lincocut, silkscreen and monotype) and sketchbook making. Sign up for all the workshops on offer (R1500), two day workshops (R600), or opt for a one day session (R300). Click here to find out more.
Feel the Churn: Butter Aerobics
Sober & Lonely’s upcoming event is at the intersection of gastronomy, music, science and performance art. Since they last hosted Butter Aerobics in 2013, PopSoda and Audrey Anderson published The Butter Press, a beautiful broadsheet all about butter, fat, science (and butter). This Saturday at 9am Sober & Lonely invite you to make your own butter from cream while aerobicising. R100 includes all butter making material, bread, coffee, an aerobics class and a copy of The Butter Press. Spaces are limited, so email email@example.com before 10 Feb with the subject line [Eat Your Fat] to book.
HERE WE opens at ROOM Gallery with a video and sound projection of ‘At the End of August’, a collaboration with pianist Jill Richards and video-artist Jurgen Meekel. “The exhibition marks the beginning of ROOM’s 2016 season of artistic programming and will include a series of incidental ‘situations’, (incomplete) paintings, and events that will develop throughout the life of the exhibition. Configurations of the gallery space will shift in the process and will become partly inhabited as a studio with the aim of inviting collaborations and interruptions.” Click here for more.
HEY Hillbrow, let’s dlala!
To celebrate the life and vision of Joburg public art super-heroine Lesley Perkes, who passed away on 13 February 2015, Hey Hillbrow has a fun play date planned just for you. Join the parade starting at the Hillbrow Theatre and leading all the way up to Ekhaya Park, and bring along your own mad skills (magic tricks, dance moves, singing, and hulahooping included) to take part in the festivities on the day. Visit Facebook for more info.
Monday, 15 February:
Humboldt Forum Berlin
What are the differences between Europe and Africa when it comes to forms of artistic presentation, and how is Sub-Saharan Africa represented in European museums today and how should it be represented? These are some of the questions that will be asked at the panel discussion hosted by Goethe-Institut Johannesburg. The planners and designers of the Humboldt Forum would like to engage with professionals from Africa, Asia, the Pacific as well as North and South America in order to ensure an open concept with a diversity of viewpoints. The panel will include Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bekolo, President of the Goethe-Institut Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, and South African Curator Gabi Ngcobo. Click here for more.