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Six questions about art in South Africa after Marikana

Stacy Hardy

I asked several people six questions about art in south africa after Marikana.

The latsest respondents were musicologist Carina Venter, short story writer Stacy Hardy, novelist Deon-Simphiwe Skade, biographer Stephanus Muller, art critic Mary Corrigall and SACP stalwart Howard Smith.

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A Threnody For The Victims of Marikana, Screening at Wits, Friday 25 July

Mary Corrigall reviews Night is Coming, which will screen at Wits Club, West Campus, Friday 25 July at 5pm:

Artists Respond to Marikana

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My Mandela – Khalo’s Tribute to Madiba

In this powerful documentary portrait, director Shameela Seedat and Editor Aryan Kaganof, focus on Khalo Matabane, filmmaker extraordinaire, his rise to prominence as one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers on the continent.

His many films, and the making of Khalo’s latest film, “Khalo’s Letter to Madiba”, in which he seeks to verify if Mandela’s philosophies of forgiveness, reconciliation and freedom still resonate in a world plagued with injustice and social inequalities.

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THE BARLEY MALT BUMS – Friday 19 Nov, Cinema Nouveau, Cavendish

In THE BARLEY MALT BUMS, written and directed by Anders Bigelow Ingvaldsen, a writer befriends an alcoholic bartender, helps her gain the courage to end an abusive relationship and along the way finds compassion in himself thought long gone.

Come check out my big screen debut!

Friday 19 November Cinema Nouveau Cavendish 5pm. Tickets are R10.

Part of the annual Afda School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance film festival.

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HANGBERG: tonight at the Pan African Space Station, 44 Long Street, 6pm:

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Vandalizm @ the Zimology Institute


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The Freedom Charter Blues

The Freedom Charter Blues: Aryan Kaganof is accompanied by Zim Ngqawana playing tenor sax. Listen:



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Wed 10 Feb: Watch “Welcome Nelson” on etv at 8pm

This is just a short note to encourage you to have a look at a documentary I have just edited called WELCOME NELSON which will be broadcast by etv on wednesday 10 february at 8pm.

This documentary takes a different angle on the 20th anniversary celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

The release is analysed in terms of Guy Debord’s theory of the spectacle and views the event as an entirely staged media coup for the Machiavellian F.W. De Klerk.

Instead of the customary portrayal of Dr. Mandela as a liberating Messiah he is shown to have been taken completely by surprise by his release, pleading with De Klerk to allow him to stay inside for longer, and tragically identifying with his white warders in what must be one of the most acute cases of Stockholm Syndrome in history.

The never-before screened behind the scenes footage of the press conference and first speech provides a fascinating glimpse into how the news media shape and manipulate our memories of the future.

The documentary is shot, produced and directed by CRAIG MATTHEW
sound design and original music score DANIEL EPPEL
sound recordist WARRICK SONY
theme song SIMONE WHITE

2010, 23 minutes
first broadcast wednesday 10 february 8pm on etv

more information on Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle is here.

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three notes/links

guy debord on writing and speaking

Those who wish to write quickly a piece about nothing that no one will read through even once, whether in a newspaper or a book, confidently extol the style of the spoken language, because they find it much easier, more modern and direct. They themselves do not know how to speak. Neither do their readers, the language actually spoken under modern conditions of life having been socially reduced to a mere representation of itself, as endorsed by the media, and comprising some six or eight constantly repeated turns of phrase and fewer than two hundred terms, most of them neoligisms, with a turnover of a third of them every six months. All this favours a certain hasty solidarity. In contrast, I for my part am going to write without affectation or fatigue, as the most natural and easiest thing in the world, in the language I have learned and, in most circumstances, spoken. It’s not up to me to change it.

panegyric 1

a new nabokov

This November, Vladimir Nabokov will have a new novel out. It’s quite an achievement, you might have thought, for someone who died 32 years ago. But then Nabokov died and reinvented himself many times, and one could be forgiven for wondering if he just staged his death in 1977, and slipped off into another identity, like Elvis in the popular imagination; or like Sebastian Knight, John Shade, or any of the other escape artists who populate Nabokov’s own novels. And perhaps The Original of Laura, the novel that he left unfinished, when his heart supposedly gave out, is not really unfinished at all, but a non finito, that is, an art work that feigns incompletion. And so, perhaps to justify its aesthetic, Nabokov had to pretend to die. After all, …Laura is subtitled ‘Dying is Fun’, and tells the story of an ageing novelist, Philip Wild, who is trying to erase himself, using the rubber at the end of his pencil, starting from his toes and working upwards. To call …Laura, as Penguin are doing, A novel in fragments may be to do more than state the dull fact that it is unfinished.

fernando pessoa – this is extraordinary!

the art of effective dreaming for metaphysical minds

the best way to start dreaming is through books. novels are especially helpful for the beginner. the first step is to learn to give in completely to your reading, to live totally with the characters of a novel. you’ll know you’re making progress when your own family and its troubles seem insipid and loathsome by comparison. it’s best to avoid reading literary novels, which tend to divert our attention to the formal structure.

i’m not ashamed to admit that this is how i started. strangely enough, detective novels are what i instinctively read. i was never able to read romantic novels in any sustained way, but this is for personal reasons, i being romantically disinclined even in my dreams. let each man cultivate his particular inclination. let us never forget that to dream is to explore ourselves. sensual souls, for their reading matter, should choose the opposite of what i read.

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on reading as writing


i know no pleasure like that of books, and i read very little. books are introductions to dreams, and no introductions are necessary for one who freely and naturally enters into conversation with them. i’ve never been able to lose myself in a book; as i’m reading, the commentary of my intellect or imagination has always hindered the narrative flow. after a few minutes it’s i who am writing, and what i write is nowhere to be found.

fernando pessoa
the book of disquiet

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