See this, do that: Joburg | 15–21 March 2016

This week in Joburg is jam packed with exhibitions, creative events and the like. We’ll be hosting a workshop at the Act | UJ Creative Conference, checking out some group exhibitions and collaborating in a zine making residency.  

Tuesday 15 March 2016

When Tomorrow Comes curated by Jacki McInnes, Jyoti Mistry and Michael Titlestad 

Our modern habit is to predict the end times. Armageddon is just around the corner; dystopia is a looming reality. The works comprising this exhibition ruminate on ends. Each is contemplative, resisting hyperbole and hysteria. What, the works ask, might unravel in the future, but what might we weave from the loose threads of our undone reality. Participating artists include Jane Alexander, Willem Boshoff, Steven Cohen, Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella, Michael MacGarry, Volker Marz, Jacki McInnes, Jyoti Mistry, Mohau Modisakeng, Moffat Takadiwa, Diane Victor, Wam collection: Susan Bristow. More info on Facebook.

Wits Art Museum, Cnr Jorrisen St and Bertha Ave Braamfontein // 6pm 

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Wednesday 16 March 

Alphabet Zoo zine residency 

Jozi printmakers Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale of Alphabet Zoo will be hosting a zine making residency in March. Open to all cultural practitioners interested in collaborating on the development of a zine over three “zine nights” taking place on Wednesday 16th, 23rd and 30th March followed by an exhibition on the 7th of April during Newtown’s First Thursday. More info here

Bubblegum Club project space Work Shop New Town // 7-10pm 

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Wednesday 16 – Thursday 17 March 2016

ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference: #CreativeIntersections

The 2016 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference aims to provide a forum for developing and inspiring the creative community by encouraging creative collaborations across disciplines. Titled, #creativeintersections, the focus of the conference is to construct a new, creative road map where academic disciplines can physically and figuratively cross boundaries; highlighting “intersections” where new mediums, theories and connections can be identified and established. #creativeintersections will be an interactive experience comprising presentations, panel discussions, interview segments, structured networking activities, workshops and brainstorming breakaways that will activate practical engagement with the content. We’ll be hosting an Identity Maker workshop on Wednesday afternoon. More info on Facebook and the conference website.    

UJ Arts Centre, Cnr University Road and Kingsway // all-day event

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Thursday 17 March 2016

Catastrophes by Jake Singer 

Catastrophes takes a jab at systems of logic. The aesthetics of confusion and chaos can also be the aesthetics of freedom. The architecture of permanence is a traumatic delusion but through the shatters catharsis emerges.Every brick laid, every code written is possibly a punctuated moment in the false grandeur of humanity. Are these matrices a zero sum game or do the monuments of the future reflect through the fissures? More info on Facebook

Hazard Gallery, 264 Fox St, Maboneng // 6pm

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Glenn Ligon and Jane Alexander at Stevenson 

Untitled (Bruise/Blues), 2014, is a neon installation by Glenn Ligon. The work takes as its point of departure composer Steve Reich’s seminal 1966 recording Come Out, in which Reich loops the voice of Daniel Hamm, one of the Harlem Six – a group of black youths beaten and wrongfully arrested during the 1964 Harlem Riot. In the recording Hamm is heard saying, ‘I had to, like, open the bruise up, and let some of the blues blood come out to show them’ – a slip of his tongue replacing ‘bruise’ with ‘blues’. The history that informs Untitled (Bruise/Blues) resonates strongly with recent cases of police brutality in the United States and South Africa.

In the second gallery, a selection of Jane Alexander’s black-and-white photomontages made between 1981 and 1995 will be on view. The montages, referencing and including imagery from the South African States of Emergency during the 1980s and photographs taken by the artist in East Berlin (DDR) in 1982 were a response to the discrimination, brutality and violence of the darkest times of apartheid and of German history. More info on Facebook

Stevenson Gallery, 62 Juta St, Braamfontein // 6pm

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Friday 18 March 2016 

Graduate School of Architecture GAP Saint-Gobain Urban Lounge launch 

Through an on-going and dynamic series of events, exhibitions, talks and screenings the space aims to attract some of the city’s best and most critical thinkers. More info on Facebook.   

MOAD, 281 Commissioner St, Maboneng // 5:30pm

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It is what it is a group exhibition

‘It is what it is’ showcases artists working with drawing as a medium to explore the capacity of drawing in a contemporary setting. Contemporary drawing is no longer limited to the consideration of the medium as a processual means to art making, but is rather now revered as an art intervention itself. Featuring work by Brendon Erasmus, Byron Fredericks, Dalene Victor Meyer, Fred Clarke, Io Makandal, Isaac Zavale, Jacques Kleynhans, Larita Engelbrecht, Maaike Bakker, Paul Senyol, and Wayne Matthews. More info on Facebook

No End Contemporary Art Space, 60 4th Ave, Linden // 6:30pm

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Friday 18 – Sunday 21 March 2016

Mieliepop Music Festival 

Mieliepop Music Festival is back offering a 3 day camping experience with 50+ live acts on 3 stages at a 1 of a kind venue. A few musical highlights include BCUC, Bye Beneco, Hellcats, and Sol Gems. more info on Facebook and get tickets here

Tolderia Farm, Lothair 

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