Day One

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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.

Spha Mdlalose

Jazz

Moves effortlessly from gritty township jazz to soulful gospel grooves

Nixon in Agony

Audio 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 Dimensions

Virtual Exhibition

A 3D virtual exhibition – visit the gallery to view the work of expressionist painter and sculptor Michael Roderick Wedderburn.

isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train: Latozi and her uHadi

Storytelling

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 One

Music

A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.

Dumza Maswana Quartet

Jazz

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 continent

Comics

An online exhibition that focuses on African comics, putting comics from South Africa ‘in conversation’ with those from other African countries.

Voyager

Dance / 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 Martens

Music

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-Manga

Discussion

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.

My Inner Wolf

Interactive digital art

My Inner Wolf is an online tool for mapping your inner worlds.

Refiguring Space

Exhibition

Committed to the exploration of technology and the visual arts, TMRW presents a web-based virtual reality experience.

RECLAMATIONS: A Tierney Retrospective

Photography

An exhibition about the longest-running mentorship programme in the history of African photography by the Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop.

Ukuhlolwa kwePhupha

Film / Performance Art

An experimental film exploring daily routine, a dreamscape and technologies that obscure the malleable line that divides these experiences.

Tlhago

Multimedia

A commentary on loss & grieving and the processing thereof within the current epoch and a reflection on the debilitating feelings of powerlessness.

Deep Spacer, 433 Eros album launch

Music

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)unt

Drawing, 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 2

Visual 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 h

Dance, Digital Arts

  • An interactive online experience fusing dance, music, projection art & animation, to ideate digital disruption of the human experience.

Futurabilities

Net Art

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.

IN LIMBO

SciFi Documentary

What if the internet could dream of itself?

Lagos at Large

Short 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 distance

EXHIBITION

Human Study #1 is an installation in which humans took part in online streamed performances in which they were drawn live by robots located in Belgium.

Blood and Snow Manifesto

Performance 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.

Bhacasoul Music

Music

A showcase of Bhacasoul music by Joliza Magayiyana and his band.

In Tandem: Poetry to Imagery

Poetry

Experience the beauty of Makhanda through the interplay of poetry and imagery ‘In Tandem’ with renowned local artists Harry Owen and Roddy Fox.