January, 2009

Mahmoud Darwish (13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008)

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يطفو المرء حين يقرأه. يضحي إنساناً أسمى. لا لأنه مقاوم، وإنما لأنه شاعر. شاعر يرى الإنسان بوضوح، ويمضي في أكثر من بعدٍ زمنيّ. يخبر عن الحاضر وهو يرويه ماضياً. يتجاور "الآن" و"البعد حين" في شعره. فهو يقف في موقعٍ من الزمن يقف فيه وحده. يشرف وينفعل.

CAPE 09 steaming ahead to take place from 2 May - 19 June 2009

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Titled Convergence, this year’s exhibition is about life today: the people, the connections and networks they make up. With art projects ranging from explorations into Brenda Fassie’s roots to interventions on transport routes in the city, a focus on our shared African roots, reading roots and even some root vegetables.

Joburg Art Fair 3 – 5 April 2009

Curator Michket Krifa (Tunisia, France) will speak about the Bamako Encounters (Rencontres de Bamako. 8 eme Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, 7 novembre-7 décembre 2009).

Sunday, 5 April at 15.30h
at the Sandton Convention Centre

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For Prof. Es’kia Mphahlele (17 December 1919 – 27 October 2008)

eskia mphahlele I once sat at an inaugural lecture and cringed with horror, as someone paid tribute to the chief celebrant, by noting that this scholar had "risen beyond being an African philosopher" or something to that effect.

Bernie Mac (5 October 1957 – 9 August 2008)

bernie mac On the 9th of August 2008, Bernie Mac (Bernard Jeffrey McCullough) passed away due to complications from pneumonia. Mac was well known for his stand-up comedy, especially as part of The Original Kings of Comedy routines (the other ‘kings’ were Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L Hughley). Bernie Mac’s own successful The Bernie Mac show ran in the US from 2001 to 2006 and earned him two Emmy Award nominations.

Tribute Magazine (1987–2004, 2006–2008)

tribute1 Since the emergence of an Black middle class in the mid to late 19th century there have been iconic publications that have expressed the aspirations and the views of this section of the Black populace.

Isaac Hayes (20 August 1942 – 10 August 2008)

Isaac Hayes It was the era of bold black masculinity, the age of Blaxploitation. When musicians were not scared to have big bushy beards, wear silly clothes. You can just imagine what fashion magazines would say now if NE-YO or Chris Brown showed up with a full unshaven beard.

Battle of Gugulethu Vol. 2

BattlegugulethuThere is something to be said about language. And even though one might speak of the Spaza movement as one that still smells of breast milk, it has fast grown and gained a lot of street credibility. Well of course it depends which streets we are talking about?

And the award goes to...Miss Kwa Kwa

After months of listening to my friend go on about Stephen Simm's Miss Kwa Kwa, I finally read it. And boy oh boy, was it a read! It begins with a typical slowness that marks books of this kind, books designed to make you crack a rib in laughter.

Mandla Langa: The Lost Colours of the Chameleon (Picador 2008)

chameleon When I attended the reading of The Lost Colours of the Chameleon by Mandla Langa at Xarra Books in November last year the author read from a passage where two of the protagonists in the novel get into a fist fight.

manifestos

This text serves as an introduction to the Dead Revolutionaries Club (DRC) and as an editorial to our inaugural edition of our webzine.

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Gabisile Nkosi (4 February 1974 – 26 May 2008)

gabi nkosi I can’t quite remember when I officially met Gabi Nkosi in Durban, but we met on and off in the art scene during the later 90s. One only had to know Gabi for a few minutes to be convinced that she was a really nice person. It was only on a residency at Caversham Press in 2002, where she worked as a studio assistant, that I got acquainted with her much more.

Redas Dirzys, artist (Lithuania)

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Make Biennial Yourself - Manifesto

(Highly recommended to self-referential artists)

Saul Judd, artist and curator (Germany)

saulin my view, the first expression of a human manifesto we can observe is the screaming of an angry little child for not getting enough love, food or playtime. having said that, i can say that we are bound to live our lives based on inner manifestos, whether we want to or not. whether we manage to externalize this is another story entirely.

Judy Freya Sibayan, artist, editor Ctrl+P magazine (Manila)


THE GIFT OF PEER(S)

A Prayer Piece for the Survival of Art and Artists
in the Face of Culture under Constant Threat
of Disintegrating into MereCommodities

On the premise that money re-codes everything,
we pray that artists remain:
Artist most steadfast
(Response: For them we pray)

Ricarda Denzer (Vienna)

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Notizen / Notes
I have a hard time (unfortunately) writing, therefore I am not going to write a manifesto. But I would like to contribute something to your Webzine. Maybe you can find something on my website, and I'd be glad if you could send the questionnaire, I could develop something for it, maybe not in form of a written text.

Poetry manifesto

I do not seem to understand the competing thoughts that have been part of my mental visions, that are recreating my reality, prone to fight changes that govern my choices.
Am I to move away from the positive vibrations that bring smiles to those I believe I love, to disown the I in my speech and thought.

h.arta group (Romania)

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To-do list
(a manifesto in progress) by h.arta group


Alfian Sa’at, writer, poet, playwrite (Singapore)

Singapore You Are Not My Country
(For Noora)

Singapore you are not my country.
Singapore you are not a country at all.
You are surprising Singapore, statistics-starved Singapore, soulful Singapore of tourist
brochures in Japanese and hourglass kebayas.
You protest, but without picketing, without rioting, without Catherine Lim,

Bassam El Baroni, curator (Egypt)


bassam>> What does the idea of a manifesto mean to you?

Senzeni Marasela, artist (South Africa)

senzen- What does the idea/concept of a manifesto mean to you?

It means that one selects a set of values and principle that will guide their aspirations and visions into the future.

- Is there a specific manifesto that you align to or that has interested/influenced you?

Stephanie Radok, editor Artlink magazine (New Zealand)


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manifesto/manifesta

I think of manifestos as being about passion and exhortation, a call to arms.
I collect them. I write them. I remember them. Sometimes I act on them.

You have nothing to lose but your chains
Marx and Engels

Go in a friendly manner
Go with an open speech
Be eager to find new evils and new good
Be against all forms of oppression