Wednesday, 24 June 2009

'Identity: An Imagined State' Call for participation

I have been slow to upload resently andl here is why. I have aong with 2 co-curators been working towards a video art exhibition, which is to take place between October and November this year (2009). Please feel free to disseminate the info to relevant artists, critics or curators.



Identity: An Imagined State (Draft title)
Video Art Exhibition

Call for participation

Following the implementation of two successful video art workshops, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos will be hosting the first video art exhibition in Lagos, taking the form of a three part project to be held in October/November 2009. The exhibition Identity: An Imagined State will cover themes that each takes a different perspective on notions of identity exploring issues of race, citizenship and migration. The exhibition aims to provide a platform in Lagos for emerging and established video artists.

The exhibition, split into sections listed below will form the curatorial framework for the submission of works.

The first section of the exhibition aims to explore issues relating to race or skin tone and the impact it has made on identity amongst African people (living on the continent). Particular areas of interest relate to those whose racial identity is made up of multi-ethnic backgrounds, the problematic of skin toning (skin lightening) and non-Black Africans. By asking questions such as; can we always tell what race is when we see it? What role does race place in society? How do we negotiate between skin tone and identity?

The second section explores the challenges of political, economic and social predicaments, which have engendered voluntary or forced migratory movements into and out of Africa. The impacts of these actions have resulted in changes such as displacement, deprivation, enhanced economic benefits and psychological transformations.

This project will present a body of work by artists that engage with migration and trans-national pattern of movement in our continuously globalizing world. It will explore the effects and impacts of migration within and out of the continent, highlight issues on memory, identity, displacement, alienation as well as the challenges that arise from cultural and physical separation.

Video artists of African descent or artists of any nationality exploring these themes in relation to Africa are invited to make a submission for either one or both areas of interest. We ask for all videos to be sent in either English or with English subtitles.

Submissions should be made in the following manner:

DVD containing maximum 3 works
A Full CV
An Artist Statement
2x still images from the video (minimum 75 dpi)
Completed application form below

Deadline Friday 20th July 2009

Please note that submitted work cannot be returned and unless indicated otherwise. Work will form part of CCA,Lagos’ visual art library collection used for research and learning purposes only.

Send to: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
No. 9 McEwen Street, Sabo Yaba
Lagos, Nigeria

For further details including application forms call: 234 7028367106, 234 705 568 0104, 234 803 439 2413 and ask for Oyinda Fakeye or Jude Anogwih or email:

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

If You havent already been......

“She’s a phoney, but she’s a real phoney… Because she honestly believes all the phoney junk that she believes in...” (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Real Phoney explores the delight in artifice and the surface image, the porous boundary between pictorial and physical spaces, and ideas of spectacle, submergence and superabundance. The show represents several departures for the artist, primarily her move away from representational signs and signifiers to an emphasis on pattern and layering. Tantra’s palette of ready-made industrial paints and plastics are also updated, with a variety of metallic, reflective and transparent materials included that enable the artist to investigate depth in new ways.

Real Phoney 8 May - 21 June 2009
Gallery open late for first Thursdays - Thursday 7 May | with music and cocktails

Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 1-6/Sunday 2-5 or by appointment
First Thursday of the month - gallery open until 9pm
Closed Bank Holiday Sundays except by appointment

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Film Buffs

KINEMATHEQUE - a new bi-monthly strand between Curzon Cinemas and Second Run DVD to present specially selected world cinema screenings and events - presents two films by Marc Isaacs:


+ Director Q&A

Curzon Soho, Sunday 14th June, 12 noon

Kinematheque are delighted to present a special screening event to launch Second Run DVD’s release of the films of Marc Isaacs.

From his debut LIFT onwards, Isaacs reveals a great capacity to empathise with the protagonists of his films. Never judging by appearances, Isaacs’ skill at getting to know the characters becomes part of the narrative of the film, and their (and our) prejudices and preconceptions are challenged by the reality he finds.

Strong human characters are at the heart of all of Isaacs’ films and he has quietly built a body of work that puts him amongst most empathetic documentary observers we have of lives often overlooked. He creates a succession of deeply moving portraits, piecing together a unique vision of modern Britain.


UK | 2001 | 25 mins

Isaacs sits with his camera for days inside the lift of a high-rise Council block in London. The result is a gripping, humourous and moving portrait of a ‘vertical’ multicultural community.


UK | 2003 | 58 mins

This French port has become a new border in ways previously unimagined. Isaacs weaves portraits of various individuals into a moving and melancholy view of a place defined, more than ever, by the island it gazes at across the Channel.

Early booking is recommended and tickets can be booked at or by calling 0871 703 3991


Lift/Travellers/Calais: The Last Border will be released by Second Run DVD on 29th June 2009.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009



INFECTING THE CITY (the Spier Performing Arts Festival) is a theme-orientated festival that presents free site-specific and public performance works in inner city Cape Town, South Africa.

Entering its 3rd year in this form, the dates for ITC 2010 are Saturday 13 Feb to Saturday 20 Feb.

In 2009 ITC carried the theme ‘Home Affairs’ in response to the xenophobia that grips South Africa. For more information on the 2009 festival see our website:

The theme for Infecting the City 2010 is “HUMAN RITES”
Here in South Africa – and in many countries in the region – we straddle an angry moment characterized by festering feelings and inflamed issues: betrayal, violence, hatred, powerlessness, inequality, greed, corruption, poverty, intolerance and desperation. Many African countries are grappling with the issue of social healing.

In all its various forms, ritual has been used for millennia, across the world, to restore social rupture. Some schools of thought have it that the roots of theatre lie in ritual. Is there a place for ritual in our society? How can the arts today make use of ritual to effect social transformation? What are the wounds that need attention in our society? Can we make performance art works that are themselves rituals for the healing of these wounds? What shape can rituals take in the communal spaces of the 21st Century Global Village?
With the theme ‘HUMAN RITES, ITC will address these questions in 2010.

ITC is now calling for submissions for the following components:

1.New Collaborative Works

2.Commissioned Works

This project brings artists together in Cape Town from different parts of the world and from a wide range of disciplines. I am looking for artists who are established, outstanding, cutting-edge performance makers/conceptual artists/designers/ritual practitioners with strong interests in both collaboration and in outdoor site-specific work. I am particularly, though not exclusively, interested in artists with a ‘non-western’ orientation, and those from African countries. Artists need to be fluent in English.

This challenging and rewarding residency project is divided into two phases:

1.During November 2009 nine selected artists will attend an intensive two week course relating to and unpacking the ITC theme. The course will be delivered and facilitated by local and international academics, practitioners and thinkers related to the ‘Human Rites’ theme. At the beginning of week 3 the artists will be divided into teams of three collaborators each: one from South Africa, one from another African state, and one from overseas. They will be allocated a budget, a title for their site-specific work and a production manager, and then have a week in which to plan, strategize and audition performers and other artists. Thereafter they will go their separate ways, maintaining dialogue with one another, with the course-coordinator and with the dramaturge via e-mail.

2.For 5 weeks from mid-January the three teams will resume their residency in Cape Town where each team will be allocated a studio. The teams have 4 weeks to produce and rehearse their works before ITC 2010 opens on 13 February. Productions will be performed daily until 20 February.

In 2009 ITC hosted 12 artists from South Africa, Africa and Europe. Have a look at the video of their experience on the ITC website (top right hand corner on the homepage).

If this project appeals to you please email with a motivation for your participation, a comprehensive C.V., and a clear photograph of yourself by the end of June.

We are also calling for proposals for new performance works relating to the ‘Human Rites’ theme. These works will be performed in public spaces, free to the public. We are not looking for ‘plays’. Performance art pieces, performance installations etc. made by interesting collaborative teams will attract our interest.

If this project appeals to you please email a detailed proposal outlining the form and the content of the piece, the creative team, the type of venue and probable performers. C.V.s and clear photographs of the creative team should be included. Submissions should reach us by the end of June.

Transient Spaces - The Tourist Syndrome

Schwedenstrasse 16
13357 Berlin
Phone: 0049 30 46069107

Application deadline: 30 June 2009

Open Call for Applications (Deadline: 30 June 2009)

Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome is an interdisciplinary project on the symmetries and asymmetries between contemporary tourism and migration, encompassing research, theory, practice, workshops, seminars, conferences and art exhibitions in Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Germany in 2009 and 2010.

The Tourist Syndrome Summer Camp, 3 - 11 September 2009

An integral part of the two-year project Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome is the upcoming Tourist Syndrome Summer Camp held in Palanga (Lithuania), a renowned seaside resort on the Baltic Sea coast, from 3 to 11 September 2009.
The Tourist Syndrome Summer Camp invites artists, architects, cultural producers, theorists, and academics to an interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange on new forms of mobility today, with a special focus on the relationship between tourism and migration. The eight-day summer camp will offer a diverse programme of workshops, lectures and presentations, and will be open to a maximum of fifty participants to be selected through this Open Call.

The summer camp programme includes three main workshops held by international artists, practitioners and academics Cesare Pietroiusti (Rome/Venice), Krystian Woznicki (Berlin) and Michael Zinganel (Vienna/Graz), and an intense program of presentations, screenings and events by artists already involved in the project, and by the artistic directors and curators of Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome. The workshops will highlight the many aspects of the tourism-migration relationship that exist in different European and non-European contexts and offer the opportunity to explore individual and subjective, as well as socio-political themes, with the goal of developing works of art and projects to be presented at the conclusion of the summer camp in Palanga and at the final, comprehensive exhibition in Berlin in 2010.
Structured as a collective brain storming session on the topics of tourism and migration, the Tourist Syndrome Summer Camp will also offer convivial and informal moments, drawing from the tradition of Socialist plein air symposia, combining work (artistic and intellectual production) and leisure. The summer camp is organized in cooperation with Lithuanian art organization Meno Parkas (Kaunas).

Participation in summer camp activities is free of charge.
The selected participants will be responsible for their individual journeys to the workshop location of Palanga. Basic accommodation (double or triple room) is provided to the summer camp participants by the organization.
Once selected, participants will need to transfer a registration fee of 50 Euro to the organization by 30 July (bank details will be provided).
The summer camp group will be limited to a maximum of fifty participants. The course language is English.

Free-form applications (in English) should include:
- statement / motivation letter (max 300 words)
- curriculum vitae

Supporting material, such as a portfolio, articles, publications, etc. can be included with the applications. The materials will not be sent back to applicants. Online applications are welcome.

Please specify in the application how you found out about this open call.

Applications for The Tourist Syndrome Summer Camp can be sent electronically or via post to uqbar by the deadline of 30 June 2009 (postmark) to the address:

uqbar e.V.
Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome
Schwedenstr. 16
D – 13357 Berlin, Germany


Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome is a project by uqbar, Berlin, initiated by Marina Sorbello and Antje Weitzel, in cooperation with Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin; E-M Arts, Naples; ICCA/CIAC, Bucharest; Meno Parkas, Kaunas; funded with support from the European Commission and Foundation of German Lottery Berlin.

Detailed information on application procedures and the project Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome are available online at the address:

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2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

More than 150 artists from all over the world have been invited to participate in the core of the main and parallel programme of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. Amongst them are African artists such as Emeka Okereke (Nigeria), Mauro Pinto (Mozambique), Jodi Bieber (South Africa), Bright Eke (Nigeria), Samba Fall (Senegal), Guy Woueté Louchuang (Cameroon), etc.

This year theme is "PRAXIS : Art in Times of Uncertainty". An excerpt from the main concept note reads as follows :

In his seminal novel A Tale of Two Cities (1859) about life in Paris and London, the English novelist Charles Dickens wrote ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.’ aptly capturing the mood of the time. Almost a hundred and fifty years later the feeling of disillusionment, the failure of politics to handle the ‘big’ problems, the recent financial collapse, the assault on the environment and a general sense of individual and collective alienation which a global society has not been able to rectify all seem palpable. Might we be the observers of a universal depreciation of the system of thought, of an irreversible collapse of ideologies?...

The biennale is curated by Gabriela Salgado, Bisi Silva, and Syrago Tsiara.

The event opens officially on the 24th of may and runs until the 27th of September 2009.

For more information on the biennale and participating artists visit :

Emeka Okereke

(please note the hyphen between emeka and okereke in website address)

Adisa - 1968: The year that never ended

Arts Depot, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London
Thursday 18th June 2009 8.00PM
Tickets £9 [£7 conc]
020 8369 5454

A poetry and music one-person show written by and starring Adisa with a guest appearance by Randolph Matthews and produced by Melanie Abrahams, it explores one of the most profound years of the 20th century. With a theme of Revolution, it explores the voices and movements of 68, drawing inspiration from the folk, reggae, soul, afrobeat and pop music of the time. It exposes the power of the collective voice and its effect on politics, religion, culture and artistic expression.

Performance poet Adisa is a favourite on the UK scene. He's been a New Performance Poet of the Year and a Hackney Poet Laureate and has been published in anthologies including Poems Out Loud and Velocity.

"Adisa is the future. It's so good to have something to look forward to." Benjamin Zephaniah

more info:

Artsadmin Summer School - call out

The Artsadmin Summer School is now in it’s third successful year and offers a chance for emerging artists and people new to performance to work with established artist Mem Morrison for FREE, for 4 weeks to create and perform an original piece of work that will be showcased at Toynbee Studios.

The Summer School runs from 20 July to 14 August and open to anyone aged 18-25, from all disciplines and backgrounds (with or without performance experience).

This year the Summer School takes place in the 1930s art deco theatre and auditorium of Toynbee Studios. Using ideas of identity, memory and personal history, participants will trace the histories and stories of the theatre, exploring what you might see or expect to see there, and looking for new and unexpected ways to use the space.

To apply, call Sam Trotman on 020 7247 5102
or email with your name, date of birth and why you'd like to be involved. A workshop will be held on 7 July. Deadline for applications Friday 3 July.

Mem Morrison is an artist and director whose work often draws upon personal history and environment to evoke the complexities of acknowledging and accepting cultural differences. His work is produced by Artsadmin.

Artsadmin produces and presents artists' projects from its home at Toynbee Studios, working with young people who want to engage with contemporary, radical and thought-provoking work.