A coup for the vNAF is the world premiere of Nixon in Agony. The audio drama, recorded by Steven Berkoff in London and produced by Robert Harder in Los Angeles, adapts the existing script for a holographic drama by Adam Donen. A president facing impeachment, sitting alone, angry and drunk in the Oval Office the night before the hearing could be lifted directly from current headlines. The year is 1974 and the president is Richard Nixon. Reminiscent of Complicité’s Encounter, the work is an immersive binaural experience which will take you into a bewildering place – the American presidential mind. In order to experience Nixon in Agony as its creators intended, listening in isolation with stereo headphones is strongly advised. As amazing as virtual can be, there will be many missing the sounds and sights of Makhanda. Roddy Fox and Harry Owen have you covered as they present In Tandem: Poetry and Imagery. Birdsong and ambient sounds provide aural texture to panoramic views of the city of saints and surrounds. Sounds from the Eastern Cape are amplified by Joliza Magayiyana’s Bhacasoul, as he presents the music of the Ama Bhaca, from Emawushenu village in Mount Frere. End the day with Deep Spacer, who take you to a different space and time with their mysterious sonic tempo.
THURSDAY 25 JUNE
Nixon in AgonyAudio Drama
Cinema legend Steven Berkoff plays an American President going mad and about to be impeached. World premiere from a Grammy Award winning production team.
Expressive DimensionsVirtual Exhibition
A 3D virtual exhibition – visit the gallery to view the work of expressionist painter and sculptor Michael Roderick Wedderburn.
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: Latozi and her uHadiStorytelling
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 OneMusic
A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.
Dumza Maswana QuartetJazz
This special performance by Dumza Maswana offers several new songs not performed before, as well as favourites from his album Molo.
Afropolitan Comics: from South Africa to the continentComics
An online exhibition that focuses on African comics, putting comics from South Africa ‘in conversation’ with those from other African countries.
VoyagerDance / Digital Arts
What if a dance supergroup from the future told you to forget what you knew about the laws of physics and took you on a journey to the stars?
The Bach Cello Suites – Peter MartensMusic
Bach’s six suites for solo cello are profound and sublime. Leading South African cellist, Peter Martens performs the entire cycle.
The Rise of Afro-MangaDiscussion
Razor-Man artist Bill Masuku will guide participants through his methods and the journey of an Afro-Manga revolution, crafting Afrocentric stories with Manga’s unique aesthetic flair.
Improvised duet between a human dancer and 12 drones that follow the dancer in real time. A feat of technological wizardry.
My Inner WolfInteractive digital art
My Inner Wolf is an online tool for mapping your inner worlds.
Refiguring SpaceWeb VR
Committed to the exploration of technology and the visual arts, TMRW presents a web-based virtual reality experience.
RECLAMATIONS: A Tierney RetrospectivePhotography
An exhibition about the longest-running mentorship programme in the history of African photography by the Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop.
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.
Ukuhlolwa kwePhuphaFilm / Performance Art
An experimental film exploring daily routine, a dreamscape and technologies that obscure the malleable line that divides these experiences.
A commentary on loss & grieving and the processing thereof within the current epoch and a reflection on the debilitating feelings of powerlessness.
Azibuye – The Occupation360° Film
A stereo 360 documentary about two homeless black artist/activists who take up residence in a crumbling mansion, vacant for 20 years, in an affluent part of Johannesburg.
Deep Spacer, 433 Eros album launchMusic
433 Eros is the new album by Johannesburg electroacoustic trio ‘Deep Spacer’. Poly-genre improvisations are mediated through responsive audio technologies and supported by visual transformations.
Who Do We Come To H(a)untDrawing, Performance Art
An interactive art project that uses drawing to disrupt the culture of statues, monuments and memorials commemorating colonial and imperial rulers still standing in many cities.
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.
META | m o r p hDance, Digital Arts
- An interactive online experience fusing dance, music, projection art & animation, to ideate digital disruption of the human experience.
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.
Lagos at LargeShort 360degree Film
History, colonialism, growth, nostalgia, decay and transformation collide in this introduction to Lagos, as three characters mould the identity of their megacity and where they belong in it.
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.
Blood and Snow ManifestoPerformance Art
A praise poem to the transformative power of trauma, the unique aesthetic of the disabled body, as well as a preemptive swan song to mortality.