Artists have risen to the challenge of creating work specifically for a digital environment in highly inventive ways. Screensaver requires your time, infinite patience and a computer mouse. Capturing that time between times in the liminal spaces which stretch endlessly during the lockdown. Just as viscous is the grasp on memory and grief evoked in Unfathomable. Alex Halligey and Athena Mazarakis succeed in capturing the fluidity of grief and the tides and turning of mourning. This award-winning work has been translated from the stage to filmed vignettes that enhance the transparency of the beautifully designed set. Fragmenting, collaging and refiguring are echoed in the Rebirth of Iqhawe as Nicola Pilkington joins Oupa Sibeko to hybridise his Butoh inspired performance to film. In both instances, the filming of the work allows for an additional facet to the initial intention. In a similar vein, Neo Muyanga calls out the roots of the much-loved hymn, exorcises and subverts Making Grace Amazing. Awakening Fanon with the Wretched with a fusion of classical music and jazz is composer and singer Gabisille Motuba, drummer Tumi Mogorosi and sound-scape artist Andrei Van Wyk.
MONDAY 29 JUNE
Death and Birth in My LifeDocumentary Theatre
This series invites the audience to listen in on a series of intimate conversations about the most moving and challenging experiences in life. Videos are available during scheduled times only.
isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train: Human BonesStorytelling
11 days, 11 vibrant storytellers bring you a daily dose of African stories to engage and delight! Come journey with us on the ASSITEJ SA story train.
Songs are like the Grass: Madosini in Concert – Episode FiveMusic
A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.
Mzwanele Maqhosha – Blaze Jazz BandJazz
Blaze Jazz Band, formed by Mzwanele Maqhosha in 2015, has performed with the cream of South African jazz – now these festival regulars are performing for you!
My Inner WolfInteractive digital art
My Inner Wolf is an online tool for mapping your inner worlds.
Attempt on DyingLive Performance 18:30
Boris Nikitin relates the story of his father’s lethal ALS-disease and his own story of coming-out as a gay man 20 years ago.
Screen SaverNet Art
A visual poem in which you can feel time flex beyond the constraints of seconds and minutes. This work is a love poem to the screen saver – a net art throwback to an old technology.
Ukuhlolwa kwePhuphaFilm / Performance Art
An experimental film exploring daily routine, a dreamscape and technologies that obscure the malleable line that divides these experiences.
Frequencies of a birthmark – Episode 2Visual Art
A revisitation through collages and animated videos of an 1895’s image of Godide, the last ruler of the Gaza Empire.
Watch a conversation unfold as a programmed bot reads to other chatbots who, in turn, answer and learn from the conversation about our relationship with technologies.
The Voice in Your HeadLIVE PERFORMANCE 11:00
A playful, interactive, live Zoom show exploring the nature of mindfulness. At times a performance, at other times a participatory game. Every day at 11am.
After God’s Own HeartWhatsapp Performance 18:00
What wouldn’t you say to secure your afterlife? Join this interactive multilingual WhatsApp performance directed by Palesa Matabane. Free
Human Study #1 from a distanceINTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE 13:00-17:00
Human Study #1 is an installation in which humans can take part in online streamed performances in which they are drawn live by robots located in Belgium.
Making Grace AmazingFilm, Music, Performance Art
The work reconsiders the dark and obscured past of the black diaspora protest hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’ .
Woolworths is a dark and hilarious choral satire on middle-class South Africa presented as an epic radio play.
”Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity” – The Wretched of the Earth
How to create Augmented Reality Artworks the easy wayWORKSHOP AVAILABLE AS A RECORDING
If you are a digital or visual artist, this workshop is for you.
2019 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award winner Unfathomable is a poetic play between materials, body and words exploring liveliness in death, ghostliness in life.
The Rebirth of IQHAWEDance, Film
A short experimental dance film, exploring the potential to hybridise Sibeko’s Butoh-inspired performance practice into the film form.