This week in Joburg there’s no shortage of creative events to keep you busy and the winter blues away. From femme DJ parties to exhibition openings, visiting UK electro act Darkstar, film screenings and more!
Wednesday 8 June 2016
Pussy Party exists to create a regular platform for femme DJs and artists to practice, incubate, exchange and expose. A pro-femme community, an experiment in amplifying feminine energy on dance floors. A group meditation on the concept of yielding, beyond the gender binary. More info on this month’s DJ lineup on Facebook.
Kitcheners, Corner Juta and De Beer St, Braamfontein // From 8pm
Wednesday 8 – 15 June 2016
That’s What She Said: Women’s Voices and Stories in the Visual Arts
In this research project the aim is to create an approach to dealing with issues related to black women’s journeys in navigating the visual arts sector as well acting as a conduit through which information could be gathered on art spaces in urban spaces owned and/or managed by black women. The series of events in this project intend to document the experiences of black female artists, working in the visual arts, independently as well within the gallery borders, and to observe and gather information on the work and the role of art institutions, gallery spaces and curators in continuing the discourse on black female artist’s visibility within the visual arts sector. For more details and the full programme of events go to Facebook.
VANSA, King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein // 6:30pm
Thursday 9 June 2016
Basha Uhuru Visions of Freedom Film Screening
For week two of the month-long youth festival at Con. Hill commemorating the 1976 student uprising two powerful youth-focused films will be screened in partnership with the Gauteng Film Commission. Catch Necktie Youth directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer and The People vs The Rainbow Nation directed by Lebogang Rasethaba and Allison Swank this Thursday at the Women’s Gaol. More info about the festival and films on Facebook.
Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol, Kotze Street, Braamfontein // 6:30pm
The knife eats at home, by Kemang Wa Lehulere
In this new exhibition, his 3rd with the gallery, Wa Lehulere explores the capacity of objects to unravel their prescribed meanings and literal forms. In paintings, drawings and sculptures, forms reconfigure themselves poetically: school desks turn into aeroplanes, tyres and crutches become free-wheeling playthings, musical scores offer evidence of bodily life. more info on Facebook.
Stevenson, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein // 6pm
Father, Father, Father! at POPArt Theatre 9 – 12 June
Award winning Father, Father. Father! is a devised theatre piece created by Roberto Pombo, Joni Barnard and Racheal Neary, directed by Toni Morkel. The show follows the story of three sisters, locked in the basement, awaiting the return of their father. And a big black horse. More info on Facebook.
POPArt Theatre, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng // 8pm daily except Sunday at 3:30pm
Friday 10 June 2016
In Situ, by Mpho Mokgadi
IN SITU reflects on the contemporary state of several key architectural structures in Johannesburg’s inner city. The exhibition comprises views of some well-loved landmark structures and their stark interiors. The selection intentionally places emphasis on the literal absence of the figurative. Several of these buildings, like dormant vaults, carry the names of the giant corporate entities that were directly responsible for or invested in their erection. More info on Facebook.
Room, 23 Voorhout Street (cnr 4th Street), New Doornfontein // 6pm
Friday 10 – 24 June 2016
#UltraContempAfrica: The exhibit changes every day
For 2 weeks a group of international designers and artists will create works that change every day at 2pm MOAD. The ‘ultracontemporary’ works are created the same day that they are exhibited. After that, a selection of the work becomes part of the Delay Museum that will be on display through 31 July. Most significantly, each work addresses or uncovers an immediate, and burning emergency. The public, journalists, students…anyone is welcome to participate in a daily debate of the emergency artworks. More info on Facebook.
MOAD, 281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng // 2pm daily
Saturday 11 June 2016
Encounters in partnership with British Council Connect ZA present DARKSTAR (Aiden Whalley & James Young). The duo have been an influential force in the UK’s electronic scene and Foam Island, the band’s third studio LP, is a beautiful contemporary electronic pop album dealing with powerful themes of ambition and hope against the odds in the 21st century. More info about the gig on Facebook.
The Good Luck Bar, 14 Alexander Street, Ferreirastown // From 7pm
Sunday 12 June 2016
Residency fundraiser event
Samantha McCulloch and Io Makandal are on their way to the NARS Foundation to complete their 3 month residency in New York. In order to raise the additional funds required for the trip they will be hosting a series of fundraising evenings and art auctions with light snacks and music. Donations of over R150 will be entered into an online raffle for a 3 night getaway for 2 at Umlani Bushcamp in the Timbavati Reserve (raffle draw on 30th June 2016). More info on Facebook.