Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Green Summary

A retrospect developed around the theme of Independence

Photo by Jude Anogwih, 2010

In celebration of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos’ 3 year
anniversary, artists who have engaged with the centre over the last
three years have been invited back to interpret their experience with
CCA around the theme of Independence. Artists were given the gallery
space as a studio from 3rd – 17th December to develop and present a
body of work, with one restriction, work produced must be Green.
Artists selected work with a variety of medium including; painting,
photography and video art and were provided with materials from which
to develop the work. The resulting exhibition draws from their various
artistic backgrounds and collaborative efforts to present independence
through the eyes of contemporary Nigerian artists.

The Green summary will run from December 20th 2010- 21st January 2011
Opening talk will take place on Monday 20th from 2pm with a
presentation by contributing artists, followed by light refreshments.

Contributing Artists:
Karo Akpokiere, Jude Anogwih, Jelili Atiku, Ndidi Dike, Uche Joel
Chima, Taiye Idahor, Emeka Ogboh, Richardson Obveibo,
Victoria Udondian

Ronke Adeola, Jude Anogwih, Oyinda Fakeye

Monday, 6 December 2010

call for proposals

:: Call for Curators ::
Guest Curator Project
2011-2012 Program

Action Art Actuel [AAA] is putting out a call to exhibition curators. For a third year, AAA is making its spaces available to a curator for a series of 5 exhibitions, enabling him/her to play a crucial role in determining AAA’s 2010-2011 programming. In doing so, AAA hopes to support innovative curatorial practices and the dialogue surrounding them. Furthermore, a series of exhibitions, residencies, on-site and off-site events will run parallel to the programming

The curator will have the mandate to present a series of five exhibitions on a theme of his/her choice. The proposed program may include 1 or 2 residency projects for a 6 to 8 week period of research and production. We also encourage performance elements that may be combined with the opening of certain exhibitions. A publication documenting the exhibitions and the research associated with them will be produced at upon completion of this third year of curatorial-based programs.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Roots: The 4th Nigeria Makeover Show


Venue: Terra Kulture
Date: 27th November
Gate fee: N3,000
Participation fee for make-up artists: 10,000

In collaboration with Alliance Francaise (French Cultural Centre), Terra Kulture (a Nigerian Cultural Centre) and GINUO SHOP, La dong Makeup and Finishing Academy presents “Roots”, the 4th Edition of The Nigeria Makeover Show to celebrate Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary through creativity in epic makeup, to promote the richness and diversity of the Nigerian arts & culture.

The event would feature an exhibition by veterans, pros and amateur makeup artistes in Diaspora and from abroad, showcasing their works; while the best blend of classical music by renowned soloists / orchestra and rib cracking jokes by stand-up comedians will spice up the day.

soulROCKS minitape pt.8: Stank

soulROCKS minitape pt.8: Stank

Saturday, 23 October 2010

2010 CCNY Photo Benefit Auction

Monday, October 25, 2010
6 - 8pm
Located at The Exhibition Lab
548 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor (betw 10th / 11th Avenues)

$15 admission. All proceeds go to The Camera Club of New York (CCNY), a non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization that has been nurturing talented photographers since 1884.

For further inquires, contact CCNY at info@cameraclubny.org or by phone:

CCNY wishes to thank The Exhibition Lab for their generosity in hosting this year’s auction.

Saturday, 9 October 2010


culled from: http://artspeakafrica.blogspot.com/

First published in 1982, Fela: This Bitch of a Life is the authoritative text on the life and times of Africa's greatest ever musician.

In just under 350 pages, the reader is invited to the living room of Fela’s iconoclastic mind, discovering from the inside the key turning points in his life – his childhood in Abeokuta and the forceful influence of his parents, especially his mother; student life in England; his coming to black consciousness in America (and his encounters with Funk and some of the key players in African-American musical and political culture); his return to Nigeria and setting up the Shrine and Kalakuta Republic and his increasingly painful struggles with the authorities in Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s.

Reading about Fela brings to life post-Independence African history in all its turbulence and drama. The book also includes interviews with some of Fela’s wives, allowing the reader to get an intimate perspective on Fela as a husband and as a lover.

The author, Carlos Moore, will be touring Nigeria this October:

Saturday 9th October, 4pm: Centre for Contemporary Art, 9 McEwen St, Sabo, Lagos. Click here to reserve your place.

Sunday 10th October, 4pm: The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo St, off Younis Bashoroun St, off Ajose Adeogun, VI, Lagos
(with live band). Special guests Keziah Jones and Guitar Man.

Monday 11th October, 10am: The New Africa Shrine, NERDC Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja.
Lecture "Fela: Music is the Weapon" (Symposium titled The Fela Debates - part of the annual Felabration).

Wednesday 13th October, 11am: UNILAG, 4th floor, Faculty of Arts Boardroom (in conjunction with CBAAC). Public lecture, "What is Africa to me? Fela Kuti and the reshaping of the Pan-African Dream in the post-colonial era."

Saturday 16th October, 4pm: French Cultural Centre, 52 Libreville St, Wuse, Abuja.

Note that for the events on the 9th, 10th and 16th October, there is a N2,000 entrance fee (which includes a copy of the book). Fela: This Bitch of a Life will only be available to buy at these events this year.

Don't miss this year's Felabration. From the 12th - 17th October, the following artists will be playing at The Shrine: D'banj, Kwam1, Nneka, Ayetoro, Seun & Femi Kuti, Kezia Jones, Awilo Longomba.

culled from www.cassavarepublic.biz

Sign Up for the Street Photography Now Project

Each Friday from 1 October 2010 a new Instruction will be issued by one of the photographers featured in Street Photography Now. This will appear on the front page of this website, and be sent out by email.

To receive the weekly Instruction by email, send a message to signup@photonet.org.uk with SPNP in the subject header. You can join at any time.

You may upload one photograph per Instruction to the Street Photography Now Project Flickr Group. You may respond to as many Instructions as you want.

We are looking for candid photographs taken in the stream of everyday life. Your photographs should demonstrate an understanding of the history and practice of street photography – you can stretch or even break the unwritten rules of the genre, but you should be aware of them first. It may help to read the introduction to Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren’s book Street Photography Now.

The Project administrators reserve the right to remove any unsuitable photographs without explanation.

Project Rules

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1. Only upload photographs in response to the current Instruction
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Thursday, 7 October 2010

Clemens en August in SMBA

8th, 9th and 10th October
Shop open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The fashion label Clemens and August is also calling in at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam during its tour this year. For three days, over the weekend of 8, 9 and 10 October, SMBA is providing space for their new women's and men's collection, complete with fitting rooms and point of sale. Clothing by Clemens and August is exclusively available at the locations on their international tour. The fashion label avoids the expensive overhead costs that accompany standard sales models, such as shop rental and distribution with this tour concept.

Every season the collection enters a gallery or museum in a large city. Thus Clemens and August will be reaching its audience this autumn through institutions including Witte de With in Rotterdam, Artists Space in New York, Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Kunstverein in Munich – the city which is also the home base for this fashion concept by Alexander Brenninkmeijer.
SMBA is now functioning as the base of operations for Clemens and August in Amsterdam. Proceeds from the rental income will benefit the exhibition budget.

More information at www.clemens-en-august.com

One Minute Awards 2011

One Minutes Magazine, series of One Minute video art to which a selective group of podia can subscribe. It will appear on a monthly basis. The awards and the launch of TOM Magazine is in February 2011.

Series for which you can submit entries are:

Video performance: you and the camera

Cut and Paste: technical miracles

A Small History: small stories about matters we should not forget about

Micro Commercial: small companies run by passionate owners

Fairground Attraction: surreal details of a visual dreamworld

Mini road movie: travel report from A to B, a world network of travels

Per series 6 entries will be nominated for an award plus cash prize. Deadline 1 December 2010.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

iDANS 04 - The New CosmopoliDANS

1-31 October 2010
iDANS Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival presented by Bimeras Cultural Foundation invites once more to creativity!

The Istanbul based interdisciplinary arts festival iDANS will take place between 1-31st of October. The fourth edition of iDANS will rock the streets and the stages of Istanbul with 154 artists, 41 projects and more than 50 performances. The festival will continue with additional events until the end of 2010.

Organized around the theme of "Cosmopolitanism," iDANS aims to bring into attention the complexity, hybridity and heterogeneity of identities and to expose the multiple cultural affiliations of artistic practices. The festival program highlights the "choreographic" as a practice of cultural, political and affective negotiation and probes the significance of artistic expressions for a democratic public space.

An Overview of the Festival Program

The festival program presents some 41 projects including 5 commissions, 4 co-productions, 9 seminars and 8 workshops by the most challenging players in the field.

Critical Endeavor

Critical Endeavor is an educational workshop program for dance journalists, writers and critics that stems from a European initiative called Jardin d'Europe. It will take place between 18-31st of October 2010 as part of iDANS and it will deal with the questions, concerns, ethics and responsibilities of critical practices in contemporary arts and aims to achieve an informed, yet accessible, discourse on live arts. Internationally acclaimed dance writers, curators and critics will be mentoring the 10 participants of Critical Endeavor.

Prix Jardin d'Europe:
European Dance Prize for Young Choreographers is awarded within the context of iDANS
The "Prix Jardin d'Europe" is the most important project of the "Jardin d'Europe", a network supported by the Culture Programme of the European Commission, developed by its 10 European partners─Ultima Vez (BE), CCN Montpellier (FR), Workshop Foundation (HU), Lokomotiva (MK), Station (RS), Art Link (RO), Cullberg Ballet (SE), Bimeras Cultural Foundation (TR), Southbank Centre (UK), danceWEB (AT). It will be hosted by Bimeras and the "Prix" will be awarded on the 31st of October to a dance production presented in the frame of an Emerging Works Summit. The jury will be comprised of the Critical Endeavor participants.

Giant Cats in an Urban Stroll

iKEDi is a social creativity project developed by Roger Titley and Airan Berg for the 2010 edition of iDANS. Developed for the general framework for iDANS, iKEDi emphasizes cultures of co-existence, pluralism and diversity with particular attention to Istanbul's animals.

South African animation artist and designer Roger Titley who is known for his creatures for cinema and TV—such as the dung beetle and the elephants that marked the opening and closing ceremonies of the recent FIFA World Cup—leads the design and supervises the creation of puppets of Istanbul's endemic animals. Large and small scale puppets will be created in designated neighborhoods with the local residents.


Inonu Cad. 41/5 Gümüşsuyu 34437 İstanbul/TÜRKİYE
T: +90 212 244 89 33 F: +90 212 244 96 03

Autograph ABP launches first film season at Rivington Place

Image caption: Film still from Testament (1988), dir: John Akomfrah

Autograph ABP is pleased to launch the film season with the award winning film Testament (1988:80 mins), a Black Audio Film Collective production followed by a discussion with director John Akomfrahnon Friday 1st October, 6.30pm.

Testament focuses on the Kwame Nkrumah era in Ghanaian history and paints a portrait of a female African government minister forced into exile after a coup d'état in 1966. Two decades later the protagonist returns to confront the country she left behind. Filmed partly in Ghana, Akomfrah's film explores themes of diaspora, memory, political struggle and liberatory idealism.

Contact Rivington Place directly for further details and to reserve a space; £3.50 on the door.

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

T +44 (0)20 7729 9200
F +44 (0)20 7739 8748

Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday

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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Age of Extremes

6.45pm Thursday 23 September
Tricycle Cinema,
269 Kilburn High Road, NW6,
BOX OFFICE: 0207 328 1000

The documentary exposes how the British establishment have utilised propaganda and deliberately demonized and marginalized Islam as a means to bolster support for their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Additional screening:
Riverside Studios
7.30pm Thursday 30 Sept
Crisp Road, Hammersmith
BOX OFFICE: 0208 237 1111

We strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance as ricenpeas events are generally sold out. This is a documentary not to be missed.

Please feel free to forward this invitation

For more information visit our website and check out this month's issue of our online magazine.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Triangle Arts Trust Workshop in Collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos


I am happy to inform you about the first Triangle Arts Trust Workshop in Lagos organised in collaboration with CCA,Lagos to be held from the 4th-17th October 2010 at Stone House in Alakuko. The workshop hopes to accommodate 18 professional artists from Nigeria, across Africa as well as internationally. The workshop is open to artists working in all media. Whilst the focus will be artists from Nigeria (up to 10) priority will also be given to artists from the Global South. Applications are also welcome from around the world.

The two-week workshop will bring together a group of artists working in various disciplines to share ideas,experiences and to make new work inspired by the context and the opportunity to work alongside other artists.
Approximately 18 artists will participate in the workshop, half from Nigeria and the rest from other countries in Africa and further afield. During the workshop participants will also be invited to present their work to each other and to the public. The workshop will end with an Open Day, when the public will join the artists in celebrating the outcome of the two weeks.

Financial conditions:
The workshop will provide the successful applicants with full lodging and food, working space, local transportation and a small material stipend. International artists will be able to apply to have their international travel covered by the workshop.

Procedure for applications and deadline:
All candidates must apply using the application form and submit all the required documents listed in the form. Closing date for applications 18th September 2010. The completed application forms and required documents can be requested from info@ccalagos.org should be returned to this address.

While email communication is encouraged, artists may send their materials to the following address:
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9, McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba
Lagos, Nigeria

Please note that work or material sent by post cannot be returned.
Late applications cannot be reviewed. Successful candidates will be informed by 21st of September 2010

For more information or any inquiries, please contact info@ccalagos.org

Opening Reception Ever Young: James Barnor with a special viewing of The Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois 16th September

16 September 2010 6.30-8.30pm, Rivington Place, London

Autograph ABP presents two major photographic exhibitions: James Barnor’s street and studio portraits from the late 1940s to the 1970s, in Ghana and England, and the W.E.B. Du Bois collection of portraits compiled for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Both aim to explore the notion of the photographic archive in relation to visual politics of race, representation and difference, as well as the question of modernity within post-colonial and transatlantic perspectives on photography in the 21st century.

James Barnor’s archive was produced during a career that started in 1949. It covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres as it creates a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures. Many of his works will be shown for the first time in the UK.

Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis. The exhibition showcases vintage and contemporary prints from Barnor’s photographic studio Ever Young, fashion portraits in glorious colour, as well as portraits of luminaries, such as Kwame Nkrumah and Mohammad Ali, many commissioned for Drum magazine.

Fifty years earlier, W.E.B. Du Bois, the leading black intellectual and civil rights activist, and Thomas J. Calloway, lawyer and educator, strategically employed 363 photographs in the American Negro Exhibit. The Paris Albums 1900 present a selection of 200 portraits compiled for their photographic album entitled Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A. Retrospectively, Du Bois' remarkable collection of photographs can be read as the origins of a visual construction of a new African-American identity. As such, it provides an extraordinary insight into the conditions of black culture at the end of the 19th century, only 35 years after the abolition of slavery.

Ranging in genre from mug shot aesthetic to bourgeois theatrical portrait, Du Bois’ intention was to produce a comprehensive, alternative view of the black subject, in his own words ‘an honest straightforward exhibit of a small nation of people, picturing their life and development without apology or gloss, and above all made by themselves.’ One-hundred and ten years later and exhibited for the first time in the UK, Autograph ABP presents a selection from this important archive to re-examine the critical question of representation.

The exhibition Ever Young: James Barnor emerges as a direct result of archival research made possible by a four year archive project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), entitled Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography, opening in 2011.

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

T +44 (0)20 7729 9200
F +44 (0)20 7739 8748

For further details

VIDEONALE 13: Short Deadline

Call for Entries
Deadline: 20 September 2010


"A place for discoveries" – That's what the German magazine art wrote about VIDEONALE, the international festival for contemporary video art. From 14 April to 29 May 2011 the 13th edition of VIDEONALE takes place at Kunstmuseum Bonn/Germany. You can submit single or – this year for the first time – multi channel works created in the past two years for VIDEONALE 13. The entry deadline is 20 September, 2010 (post mark).

Founded in 1984 the biannually initiated VIDEONALE is counted amongst the oldest festivals for video art in Germany and Europe. Besides its high standard of presented works, VIDEONALE reached a widely accepted reputation in its attempt to develop new forms of presentation for video art. Like in the past also at VIDEONALE 13 a team of architects and designers will develop a cutting-edge exhibition architecture to meet the requirements of the reception of media art.

For the 13th VIDEONALE about 40 works will be chosen by an international jury of experts and afterwards be presented in a six-week exhibition in Bonn. The show will open with a four-day festival featuring a variety of events. Starting in late summer the works of VIDEONALE 13 will be shown at further art institutions worldwide in the context of VIDEONALE ON TOUR. The works of VIDEONALE 12 were shown at the video art fair LOOP Barcelona/Spain, at the Museum of Modern Art in Glasgow/Scotland, at INVIDEO festival in Milan/Italy, at Bavarian House in Odessa/Ukraine, at several venues in Taipei/Taiwan and at the National Gallery of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo/Bosnia-Herzegovina.

There's no set topic for submissions, but the submitted work mustn't be older than two years (i.e. starting January 2008).

The exhibits will automatically be taking part in the competition for the VIDEONALE-AWARD which will be awarded by an international prize-jury.

Deadline for submission is 20 September 2010. Further information and application forms are available at www.videonale.org.


VIDEONALE e.V. im Kunstmuseum Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
D-53113 Bonn
tel +49-(0)228-692818

Friday, 20 August 2010

Project 35 Screenings Lagos

Photo credit: Ho Tzu Nyen, Episode 3, Tang Da Wu – The Most Radical Gesture, from 4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art, 2005

Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos Nigeria
August 26, 2010

Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Thursday, August 26th. This event will also be accompanied by a talk.
Screening: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Talk: 12:00 pm

Lifehouse, 33 Sinari Daranijo, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
August 27, 2010

Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Friday, August 27th.
4:00 - 7:00 pm

For more information contact Oyinda Fakeye on +234 7055680104 or email at info@vanlagos.org

Project 35
Curated by 35 international curators

Project 35 is an evolving exhibition of video works selected by 35 international curators and designed in a flexible presentation format, reflecting the diversity and unique nature of the many national and international art spaces ICI partners with. For Project 35, each curator has been invited to select one artist’s video that they think vital for contemporary art audiences across the globe. The result heralds the new decade, and showcases a new exhibition concept for ICI, with an eclectic compilation of works that reveal the global reach that video has achieved as a contemporary art medium today. It is most fitting that this project begins with Guy Ben-Ner’s Berkeley’s Island (1999), which refers to George Berkeley’s famous dictum “to be is to be perceived”. It is the curators’ and ICI’s hope that these videos are “perceived” by diverse communities within the exhibitions spaces that Project 35 will travel to, inspiring debate and functioning as an international catalyst for dialogue and exchange.

The works are presented in 4 chapters, each containing 8 to 9 videos, and the exhibition unfolds simultaneously in multiple spaces, chapter-by-chapter, over the period of a year. Project 35 will show a diversity of approaches to making video, as well as the interests artists are addressing in their practice. Taking advantage of the medium’s versatility, Project 35 can be viewed in an auditorium, foyer, or in a gallery space. The DVDs can be projected or viewed on a monitor, depending on host venue needs and interests. It may be a key program component in a project space for a year; presented in weekly, monthly or quarterly screenings; or running in the cafe or education room every afternoon.

Project 35 recalls the founding initiatives of ICI. It was 35 years ago that ICI organized its very first exhibition, a seminal survey of video art titled Video Art USA for the São Paulo Biennial. It presented works by artists that included Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Keith Sonnier, Steina Vasulka, and Bill Viola among others. These artists were pioneers working in a medium that was just beginning to gain traction in the field of contemporary art, and ICI proved to be an early and committed proponent of it. The international scope of ICI was clearly indicated in this first exhibition, which went on touring 4 more countries across Latin America. With Project 35, ICI further draws from its extensive international network of curators formed over the past 35 years to organize a new exhibition of international video art, and support new collaborations between curators, artists and exhibitions spaces on national and international platforms.

Disc 1: Guy Ben-Ner, Yukihiro Taguchi, Dan Halter, Zhou Xiaohu, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn & Phù Nam Thuc Ha, Kota Ezawa, Edwin Sanchez, and Robert Cauble

Disc 2: Sammy Baloji, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Andrea Büttner, Alexander Apóstol, Daniela Paes Leao, Ranbir Kaleka, Ho Tzu Nyen, and Stephen Sutcliffe

Curators include:
Mai Abu ElDahab (Egypt/Belgium), Magali Arriola (Mexico), Ruth Auerbach (Venezuela), Nicolas Bourriaud (France), Zoe Butt (Australia/Vietnam), Yane Calovski (Macedonia), Lee Weng Choy (Singapore), Joselina Cruz (Philippines), Sergio Edelsztein (Argentina/Israel), Charles Esche (UK/Netherlands), Lauri Firstenberg (U.S.), Alexie Glass-Kantor (Australia), Anthony Huberman (Switzerland/U.S.), Mami Kataoka (Japan), Constance Lewallen (U.S.), Lu Jie (China), Raimundas Malasauskas (Lithuania/France), Francesco Manacorda (Italy), Chus Martinez (Spain), Viktor Misiano (Russia), Deeksha Nath (India), Simon Njami (Cameroon/France), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland/UK), José Roca (Colombia), Bisi Silva (Nigeria), Franklin Sirmans (U.S.), Kathryn Smith (South Africa), Susan Sollins (U.S.), WHW (Croatia), and more

About ICI
ICI organizes public programs in New York, across the U.S, and around the world that provide a platform for curators to share their research and experiences with the public. Through partnerships with a range of institutions, ICI enables new audiences and curators alike to understand and navigate the rapidly growing field of curating, while also increasing access to current developments in contemporary art internationally.

Through ICI on the Move, ICI is expanding its public programming reach nationally, working with venues that host our traveling exhibitions, developing visiting curator tours, and organizing public discussions at art fairs to bring emerging and established practitioners together to exchange ideas and share their experiences.

In 35 years of operation ICI has organized 116 traveling exhibitions, profiling the work of more than 3,700 artists. The shows have been presented in 590 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 48 states and 25 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Tongues on Fire: A tribute to the Black Panthers

Directed by David Murray with The Roots, The Last Poets, Doctor L and the visuals of Emory Douglas
11 September 2010 / 19:30
Barbican Hall

Tickets: £15/20/25/30
subject to availability

I really enjoy the programming at the Barbican and this looks to be something special!

Special multi-artform evening inspired by the revolutionary art of 1960s African-American radicals the Black Panthers cultural guru Emory Douglas. Featuring live music by members of hip-hop legends The Roots, free jazz, tenor saxophonist David Murray and the lyrical wizardry and politically-charged raps of the Last Poets.

A unique musical tribute to the cultural influence of 1960s African-American radicals the Black Panthers, whose publications and artefacts were often characterised by the unforgettable vernacular artwork of Emory Douglas, who worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s.

The Last Poets, originally formed in 1968, are now widely seen as one of the earliest influences on what would become hip-hop. Their politically-charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of political hip-hop a couple of decades later in groups like The Roots, formed in 1987 by Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter and Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson in Philadelphia.

The Roots have continued to provide a left-field, politically conscious and jazz-influenced take on the genre. Tenor saxophonist David Murray, the star of the free jazz 'Loft Scene' in 1970s New York, has since ploughed an individual musical furrow, leading small groups, an octet and a big band as well as recording a tribute the Grateful Dead, Dark Star, and picking up a Grammy Award in 1989 and the Danish Jazzpar Proze in 1991

'Well-tempered harmonic imagination ... technically audacious.' Jazz Times on David Murray

'The bottom line is that if you enjoy hip-hop, or jazz, or soul, or rock - or, now, New Orleans' brass, this is the band to see live.' Jim Cosby, Music OMH on The Roots

For more info and to purchase tickets:http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=10807

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Afropolitans: The face of a modernising Africa

culled from: http://blog.euromonitor.com/2010/07/afropolitans-the-face-of-a-modernising-africa.html
Published: 9th July 2010

The Face of Modern Africa Africa has historically had a very small middle class base, mainly comprised of government workers. Today there is a growing upwardly mobile class that is also associated with the private sector, both globalised and localised in their aspirations and anxieties, proud of being African and ready to bring a new image of the continent to the world. As a direct witness, Kenyan retail chain Nakumatt keeps expanding with Malls in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. "It's psychological - people want upward movement," said Thiagarajan Ramamurthy, Nakumatt's operations director. "The appetite is increasing - the 14-inch TV became a 21-inch. The 21 became a 29 and the 29 became plasma. It's an aspiration."
Key trends

* Mobility is key;

* Creative soul and trendsetters;

* An expanding film industry.

Commercial opportunities

* While Asia and Eastern Europe continue to be the most popular destinations for the expansion of fashion items, the current global downturn and the changing media landscape worldwide will make the Sub-Saharan market more attractive;

* Following the example of South Africa as reported by Euromonitor International, the mobile phone industry is set for greater growth in 2010 while smartphones become more affordable. This means more advertising space and more need for content, specific to the region;

* Social networks such as www.PlentyAfricans.com or www.afrigator.com are expanding further to offer Africans their own space. Although Africans are also clicking into global social networks; According to Facebook figures, in mid 2009 South Africa had 1.1 million users; Nigeria 220,000 and Kenya 150,000;

* More affordable and powerful mobile payment services in Africa will come as a result of more companies such as Nokia offering mobile payment services, which can work across various carriers and countries allowing customers to make international remittances.


A different image of Africa can already be found in such publications as Arise, Helm, True Love, BHF and Design Indaba. Talking to Robb Young from IHT, Arise editor Helen Jennings says, “Upwardly mobile African readers are crying out for this magazine. Because the local magazines aren't as high end or progressive, and no other international titles speak directly to an African readership, Arise has really caused a stir.” According to IHT this Nigerian magazine is distributed to seven other African countries and around Europe and North America. Meanwhile, South Africa 2010 represents the debut of Africa as a Football World Cup organizer. Africa's creativity will be put to the test as many African and foreign private and public organizations try to capitalize on the event.
Mobility is key

Taking advantage of the 21.4 million mobile phone subscriptions in Kenya, the government is using an Obama-inspired campaign to inform people on the recently signed East African Community Common Market (EAC). The treaty deals with key issues that will shape the future of the region greatly through policies of free movement, investment, business laissez-faire, immigration rules and labour laws across the countries involved. The government is sending messages to mobile owners explaining the basics of the treaty in simple sentences. EAC Ministry Permanent Secretary David Nalo says, "We need to explain to them the reasoning behind the various articles in the protocol and mobile phones are a powerful means of communication."

This measure shows the significant role that mobile phones already play. In an interview with Crisscrossed.com, Mark Davies, Founder of TradeNet/Esoko, BusyInternet & Metrobeat, says, “I think that people trade in Africa based on reputation. They know that they may not even get the best price from a particular person, but know that they will get paid, and paid quickly.” It is a complex question of trust because, Davies explains: “People in Africa, more or less, are simply not digitized. They don't exist in a database.” So Davies suggests following an eBay system whereby, “I, on a mobile phone, could enter the mobile phone of the person I'm trading with, and just establish “does the person exist? Are they on a system somewhere? How long have they been on that system? If they've been on it for three weeks, can I trust them? And if they've been on for three years, maybe there's some more credibility there.” Finally, he says: “I think these tools, and these technologies, can play a very important role in facilitating that, and allowing cross-border trade with people that you might not have traded with before.”

Felix Kitaka, Developer at Appfrica Labs, announced in May 2009 the launch of http://status.ug/ - a completely mobile gateway for Ugandans to interact with their Facebook accounts. “With around 60,000 Facebook users in the Kampala area, it seems absurd that no one locally has tried to engage the traffic with a local service.” he says. And talking about a Facebook developer's event he attended in Kampala, Uganda, in 2009, he remarks: “one of the things that stood out in my mind was the number of people using Facebook unprompted around the local university (good for Facebook, bad for their professors, lol).”

Nevertheless there are challenging hurdles to overcome in Africa such as the low and uneven bandwidth and the need for a social network to adapt to the many languages of the continent. A version of Facebook in Swahili already exists while other small, localised networks are appearing within such platforms as ning.com, which target specific communities and interests.

Internet users in selected African countries 2003-2009 Number per ‘000 people

Source: Euromonitor International from Telecommunications Union/World Bank/Trade Sources
Creative soul and trendsetters

In London, 29-year-old Kenyan Arieta Mujay having worked in fashion for over a decade for companies such as GAP, is currently PR manager for River Island retailers with over 200 stores in the UK. Talking to Fashionafrica.com she says: “[Being an African woman makes me] work harder and longer than my peers.” And when interviewed by Jamnit.com on being African, she says “I definitely feel a very strong connection to Africa as I am African and Africa is in me.

This connection works both ways as Africans influence the world and the world shapes Africa's trends with such small entrepreneurial examples as Uganda's Jackson Mubiru who wanted to bring to his city, Kampala, that common picture of Skateboarders found in cities across the world. Given the lack of facilities, he has set up his own skateboarding park and it is rapidly growing in popularity. Journalist Kristin Young writes on luxists.com: “There's a separate phenomenon emerging from fashion's fascination with Africa. Fashion philanthropists who are capitalising on this trend and all the while helping the people who need it most: Africans.”

During the autumn of 2009, curators Jude Anogwih and Oyinda Fakeye put the pieces of this puzzle together in an exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. “Identity: An Imagined State” was the first international exhibition of Video Art in Nigeria, bringing together works by twelve artists from different countries in Africa. The curators write: “As a point of departure, the exhibition explores associations with the label 'African'. … [It] tells the story of belonging, displacement, uncertainty, visibility and negotiation through the medium of video art.”
An expanding film industry

Africa's new identity can be found in Nigeria's film industry. It has become the world's second largest, having grown into a US$250 million industry employing thousands of people and churning out 500-1,000 movies per year made on budgets ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. It is also looking at new markets and into possibilities of expanding to rival Hollywood. Thus, for the first time in Africa, Indian Award-winning film and television producer, Parminder Vir, brought Bollywood and Nollywood practitioners together at the ION international film festival held in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. The Bollywood song-and-dance format has charmed African audiences for over 50 years. Vir, a fan of both Indian and Nigerian films expects that many of the high profile producers, directors and actors attending the event will meet to explore ways of working together. “I have become a great admirer of the Nollywood film industry which is very similar to Bollywood with their 'can do' attitude. In the absence of government support, both have created an industry which contributes substantially to the wealth of the nation,” Vir said. According to the festival organisers, the four-day event was “a celebration for the people” who believe Nollywood to be one of the greatest things that has come out of Nigeria. Indeed, as journalist Chinyere Okoye says: “Nollywood movies project the country's lifestyle, culture, local fashion, burning issues and problems plaguing the society.”

Young Africans are developing a new identity in connection with the rest of the world taking the advantage of greater political stability in most countries. They aspire to exert a greater level of influence both at home and abroad with an expanding community of independent creators. Mobile phone subscriptions, set to increase further in 2010, play an important part on new developments at every level, from trade to billing mechanisms to increase mobile advertising space. According to an ITU document's Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009: Africa, “The increase in the number of mobile cellular subscriptions over the last five years has defied all predictions”. Indeed, Euromonitor International data shows that the Middle East and Africa remains the region with the highest mobile phone subscription growth rate. On the other hand Africa's digital divide in comparison with the rest of the world remains substantial. Taking into account Euromonitor International figures on education in Nigeria, which reveal that only 3.8% of the population of 154.7 million have completed higher education, it could be argued that only a negligible fraction of the population have access to luxury. Yet, it is nonetheless a large number of individuals in highly populated countries such as Nigeria.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Towards a Double Consciousness:NSK Passport project.

Monday 26th - Saturday 31st July 2010

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to host the internationally renowned artists collective IRWIN, members of NSK (new Slovenian Art). Over a one week period of screenings, lectures and panel discussions, Towards a Double Consciousness: NSK Passport Project will take as its point of departure, NSK's artistic intervention State in Time and its increasing significance in Africa especially within the context of Nigeria. State in Time, one of the most (in)famous projects produced by NSK, evolved out of their earlier activities, finding formation as a 'state' at the collapse of Yugoslavia and the coming into existence of the Republic of Slovenia in 1991. NSK's State in Time transcends a physical geographical location or a defined statehood within a prescribed ethnic, cultural or religious belief, providing what IRWIN collaborator and writer Alexei Monroe describes as "a conceptual form of identification for individuals from diverse nationalities."

Since the initial presentations around the world in the 1990s of State in Time the project is currently receiving a substantial number of requests for citizenship of the NSK 'State' from Africa especially from Nigeria. This has resulted in many Nigerians assuming a dual identity as holders of NSK and Nigerian passports. In view of these new developments IRWIN conducted interviews with African/NSK citizens living in London, to ascertain their reasons for applying. Could it be in support of the initial artistic purpose of NSK? Do they see it as an avenue with which to move from one territory to another? Or is it for other socio-political reasons? Towards a Double Consciousness: NSK Passport project will allow further debate on both the artistic and political implications of the NSK State in Time action, offering an examination of their original artistic interventions within the Nigerian context.


26th – 31st July 2010

Screening: Research interview of NSK Citizens as well as artists based in Nigeria.

Friday, 30 July 2010 Time: 3 pm

Topic: Introduction to media art and the use of video in relation to other forms of new media, technology and performance in contemporary art.

Speakers include; Dr. Inke Arns, IRWIN members: Miran Mohar and Borut Vogelnik and Performance artist Jelili Atiku.

Saturday, 31 July, Time 2pm

Screening: 2:00pm Screening of interviews with African NSK passport holders living in London.

Panel Discussion: 3:00pm

Topic: NSK State: The Nigerian connection. A discussion on the significance of an artistic action made in Europe in the 90s on contemporary African consciousness.

Speakers include; Dr Inke Arns, IRWIN members: Miran Mohar and Borut Vogelnik, NSK member Eda Cufer and Nigerian NSK passport holders. Moderated by Loren Hansi Momodu.

This project forms part of CCA, Lagos' year long programme On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise celebrating 50 years of independence by seventeen African countries including Nigeria on the 1st October 2010. It provides an avenue to interrogate notions of nationhood at a time when our ideas of citizenship is continuously being challenged by state policies such as Nigeria's contentious 'federal character' system or through religious and ethnic disturbances such as the recent unrest in the city of Jos, as well as the perennial civic unrest of the oil rich Niger Delta. Towards a Double Consciousness attempts to interrogate the way in which artists propose and individuals search for alternative – real or fictional – possibilities that goes beyond notions of a fixed identity or geography.

IRWIN is a collective of artists Dušan Mandič (b. 1954), Miran Mohar (b. 1958), Andrej Savski (b. 1961), Roman Uranjek (b. 1961) and Borut Vogelnik (b. 1959), which comprises one of the core groups within the artists' collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK). IRWIN was founded in 1983 in Slovenia. Recent exhibitions include: The Promises of the Past, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010; The Eye of the State, The Israel Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel, 2010; Third New Old Cold War, Moscow Biennial, Red October; Modernities, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona; State in Time, Kunsthalle Krems, 2009. The members of the group live and work in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Curator: Loren Hansi Momodu
Curatorial Advisors; Dr. Inke Arns, Director, HMKV, Dortmund and Bisi Silva, Director, CCA,Lagos

The Advanced Cultural Management Programme and Towards a Double Consciousness are supported by the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg and Nigeria.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Creators Project....Continued

Is it really Tuesday?
Well after 13 hours rocking at the creators project it took me a while to get back on my feet.

Here are a few more images as planned and i will amend the last post with descriptions of each image.

"Too much alcohol in my system, /i didnt come here to bring people down, /i only came to uplift em, oooh yyaaayy"

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Creators Project 17/07/10

15 hours of creative genius is whats on offer today at Victoria House London. A line up which includes work by Spike Jonze, Cassette Playa, Tinchy Stryder, Kele Okereke and Mark Ronson this multi-media event has much more in store for me and my crew (gogogadgetmrv ans plainjanes), ok I'm actually the tag-alonger. Its &pm now and we are gonna be partying until 3am! I will be tweeting all day so why not follow me on www.twitter.com/layob.

Here is a visual blog of the last 4 hours.....

Thursday, 15 July 2010


Until 21st July: Pret a Partager featuring the works of 17 artists, photographers, fashion designers from across Africa and Germany continues in 3 venues: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Sabo, Yaba College of Art and Technology, Yaba and African Artist Foundation, Ikoyi. Presented in collaboration with Goethe Institute, Lagos

From 19th to 21st July : NSK Passport Video Interviews. Still time to participate, call 08034392413 for your time 30min time slot. Supported by Goethe Institute, Lagos

From 26th - 31st July: Double Consciousness:NSK Passport Project. An exhibition, roundtable discussions and screening featuring internationally renowned Slovenian artist collective IRWIN (3 members will be in lagos) international respected scholar and curator, and director of new media art centre HMKV Dr. Inke Arns, performance artist and sculptor Jelili Atiku as well as independent curator Bisi Silva. Curated and moderated by Hansi Momodu, MA candidate, Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London and adjunct assistant curator, CCA,Lagos. Supported by Goethe Institute, Lagos

July 25th and August 1st: Art-iculate, Lecture series on contemporary art and visual culture features two Sunday afternoon lectures by Chika Okeke-Agulu, US based Nigerian art historian, curator and associate professor of art history, Princeton University. His first lecture will be about the curatorial framework of the current exhibition project “Who Knows tomorrow ” at at the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, followed by a 2nd lecture “The Art and Politics of Ghada Amer.”
The lectures are made possible by the Class of ’59 Faculty Fund, Princeton University.

Monday, 12 July 2010


Enrolment is open for the 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, due September 2011 with a new name and significant structural changes from the previous editions. The Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition, previously restricted to video works, is now accepting other artistic experiments, such as installations, performance, and book-objects or artist books—artwork that uses printed media or publications intended to be works of art. The new competition expands its ability to encompass diverse manifestations, including those that depart from the single-channel format.

Detailed in the Regulations and Entry Forms published here, the new change in the model of Videobrasil seeks to align the Festival with the nature of contemporary art practices, to meet the demands of political-cultural debate, and to confront the huge output of representations that constitutes the territory of visuality in the world today. It gives Videobrasil a never-before-seen format, making it the country’s first contemporary art festival.

The 1st Videobrasil Open Studio Prize underscores the propositional character of the International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. Created for this edition, the Prize will select young artists from the city of São Paulo to produce artwork in collaboration at Casa Tomada, a local facility for production, reflection, and interaction. The works will be exhibited in the 17th Festival, as part of the Southern Panoramas exhibition. Enrolment for the Prize will remain open until October 29, 2010.

Artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania may submit works for the Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition by March 10, 2011. Those in the shortlist, to be announced in June 2011, will compete for a Grand Prize of forty-five thousand Brazilian reais (roughly US$25,000 at current exchange rates) cash, and eight artist residency prizes, to be granted in partnership with institutions in Brazil, Asia, Europe, and South America.

The 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil is promoted by SESC São Paulo and Associação Cultural Videobrasil. The two organizations promoted the Brazilian tour of the Sophie Calle – Cuide de você (2009) exhibition, and are now preparing the Joseph Beuys – We Are the Revolution (São Paulo/Salvador) exhibition for September 2010.


Enrolment is open for the 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, due September 2011 with a new name and significant structural changes from the previous editions. The Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition, previously restricted to video works, is now accepting other artistic experiments, such as installations, performance, and book-objects or artist books—artwork that uses printed media or publications intended to be works of art. The new competition expands its ability to encompass diverse manifestations, including those that depart from the single-channel format.

Detailed in the Regulations and Entry Forms published here, the new change in the model of Videobrasil seeks to align the Festival with the nature of contemporary art practices, to meet the demands of political-cultural debate, and to confront the huge output of representations that constitutes the territory of visuality in the world today. It gives Videobrasil a never-before-seen format, making it the country’s first contemporary art festival.

The 1st Videobrasil Open Studio Prize underscores the propositional character of the International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. Created for this edition, the Prize will select young artists from the city of São Paulo to produce artwork in collaboration at Casa Tomada, a local facility for production, reflection, and interaction. The works will be exhibited in the 17th Festival, as part of the Southern Panoramas exhibition. Enrolment for the Prize will remain open until October 29, 2010.

Artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania may submit works for the Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition by March 10, 2011. Those in the shortlist, to be announced in June 2011, will compete for a Grand Prize of forty-five thousand Brazilian reais (roughly US$25,000 at current exchange rates) cash, and eight artist residency prizes, to be granted in partnership with institutions in Brazil, Asia, Europe, and South America.

The 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil is promoted by SESC São Paulo and Associação Cultural Videobrasil. The two organizations promoted the Brazilian tour of the Sophie Calle – Cuide de você (2009) exhibition, and are now preparing the Joseph Beuys – We Are the Revolution (São Paulo/Salvador) exhibition for September 2010.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

UNFIXED: photography, postcolonial perspectives and contemporary art

Call for Proposals
Application deadline: 15 July 2010

23 October - 4 December 2010


Organized by UNFIXED Projects: www.unfixedprojects.org
Center for Contemporary Art (CBK) Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Call for Proposals

We invite scholars, artists, writers and professionals to submit proposals for visual and/or textual presentations or papers on topics relating to UNFIXED.

UNFIXED is a multiplatform project that includes an exhibition, symposium, workshop, artist commission-residency, and a resulting publication. UNFIXED explores the elusive "truth" of photography and its relationship to ideas of ethnicity, culture and identity in contemporary art.


I really love their commitment to advancing films from the diaspora... well if your in New York defo hop skip and jump over to this event!

Film Series and Panel Discussion - NYC
JUNE 23 - 27, 2010

As part of its ongoing ADFF Spring and Summer Film Series at Teachers College, Columbia University, ADFF and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs are presenting the "RACE AND PRIVILEGE IN SOCIETY" film series on June 23 to 27, a selection of documentary and fiction films that explore issues around race and privilege.







SATURDAY, JUNE 26 , 2010



SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010



Programs for Wednesday through Friday are Free of Charge and Open to the public.

For Saturday and Sunday only: Weekend pass $15; Day pass $10; $6 per show;


WHERE: Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 263 Macy
Take train 1 to 116th street and walk uptown four blocks. Entrance between Broadway and Amsterdam. Picture ID requested to enter building.

DVDs of films from Africa and the African Diaspora will be on sale at the venue. $20 per DVD; $35 for 2 DVD; $45 for three DVD and $15 for each additional DVD.


Rotating Gallery: curated by ICI's Kate Fowle

On view June 19, 2010 - July 25, 2010

In conjunction with the Greater New York exhibition, the Rotating Gallery has offered space for additional curatorial voices, namely four New York-based curators who work without a regular physical space. By inviting the involvement of these curators, Greater New York engages not only emerging artists in the area, but also the curators who work with them. While the larger exhibition is the result of a collaboration between three curators, the Rotating Gallery offers a more singular view of new art in New York. Rotating Gallery is on view in the First Floor Drawing Gallery.

The second rotation, the backroom organized by ICI Executive Director Kate Fowle , opens June 19.

the backroom invites the exhibitors to present source materials that inform and support their thinking, extending the potential for getting to know the artists and their work. More akin to a temporary archive and reading room than an exhibition, the backroom consists of participant’s influences, inspiration, and research.

Visitors are invited to browse the materials according to their own interests, or search by referencing the binders that catalogue the items submitted by each artist. In this way, the audience takes on the role of archaeologist, learning more about the artistic processes behind the art practice. The result echoes ICI’s longstanding New York Studio Events, where first-hand experiences with artists’ in their studio has given many people insight into practices as they are in development.


Monday, 21 June 2010

Video Art Day

In celebration of World Video Art Day, the Video Artist Network Lagos would like to invite you to a screening of curated works from the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos library, to be held at 2:00pm 22nd June.

Work selected will cover fashion, performance and Identity featuring work by Jelili Atiku, Sabina Maria Van Der Linden, LucFosther Diop and an array of international and local artist work.

Drinks, light snacks and an opportunity to discuss works further with curators and Van Lagos team Emeka Ogboh, Jude Anogwih and Oyinda Fakeye.

22 of June: International Day of the Video-art from Optica TV on Vimeo.


Thursday, 17 June 2010


i know I have and its shall not be for much longer.
Will be revamping and updating soon>

thanks for your support!