From Matterport to elegant websites to animated walls, this year's visual art offering is as diverse in presentation and as it is in content

Exhibitions

The added benefit of gazing at one’s screen for inordinate lengths of time will go some way to mitigate the absence of time spent in galleries. Work from several collections are available throughout the Festival, foremost among them Scenes from the South, the first major exhibition of papers and artefacts from the JM Coetzee archives at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, and Amazwi South African Museum of Literature in Makhanda, to mark the occasion of JM Coetzee’s 80th birthday. Elder Pitika Ntuli’s Azibuyele Emasisweni is the first solo exhibition of the renowned artist and Sangoma to comprise only works sculpted from bone. A cohort of prominent voices collaborate in echoing, praising and speaking to the works and the times we are in. Looking back, RECLAMATIONS: A Tierney Fellowship Retrospective marks the longest-running mentorship programme in the history of African photography. The retrospective, hosted by the Market Photo Workshop, is presented on the Photoform Africa platform. Still with pertinent social issues Sounding the Land includes Simon Gush’s film A Button Without a Hole (2019, 30min) the second film in his series Land is in the Air. With diverse contributions in the form of a curated music set, discussion and investigative journalism, it traverses dispossession and forced removal, histories of disease confinement and control. Moving into participative programme elements, Afropolitan Comics: from South Africa to the continent, is an exhibition showcasing 16 artists gone online as well as a series of workshops. And keeping it speculative, The Presence of Absent Books is a series of short voice notes about missing books, conceptualised by Isabel Hofmeyr as one part of the another far spanning project, the latest iteration of the Women In Aeroplanes project.

Lo-Def Film Factory: Open Time

An experimental WhatsApp video workshop by young creatives from Cape Town made inside their homes and communities during lockdown. Be-Kind-Rewind-style amateur reenactments: low-budget film realness.

Chaotic Pleasure

This exhibition serves as both an observation and a form of confronting complex issues of power and abuse.

Scenes from the South

The first major exhibition of papers and artefacts from the JM Coetzee archives at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, and Amazwi South African Museum of Literature in Makhanda, to mark the occasion of JM Coetzee’s 80th birthday.

Expressive Dimensions

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

Pitika Ntuli Azibuyele Emasisweni Return to the Source

Azibuyele Emasisweni: Return to the Source

Pitika Ntuli’s Azibuyele Emasisweni leads the viewer to reflect on South Africa’s current spiritual landscape through a unique and original use of material, form and symbolism.

Afropolitan Comics: from South Africa to the continent

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

My Inner Wolf

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

Refiguring Space

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

RECLAMATIONS: A Tierney Retrospective

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

Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of Form

POPArt and Fakugesi Festival come together on a project that engages form as the spark for new collaboration in digital theatre making.

Screen Saver

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.

Giving Poetry Wings 3

A showcase of collaborative work between 10 poets and digital artists based in South Africa and Malawi.

Who Do We Come To H(a)unt

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

A revisitation through collages and animated videos of an 1895’s image of Godide, the last ruler of the Gaza Empire.

Futurabilities

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.

Sounding the Land

Locked down, but pursuing – if warily – lines of flight enabled in this new era of digital technologies, Sounding the Land listens back across the ground of 200 years to find our bearings now, in 2020.