Thursday, 25 February 2010

WAPI



MC: JEMEDARI

Performances by

Kitu Sewer, Wenyeji, Wanjiku, Elani, DJ TimDawg

and much more

LIVE @ Sarakasi Dome, Ngara Road, Ngara, Nairobi

Saturday, February 27th, 2010, 9am-3pm

OPEN MIC: 1pm

Free Entry

COMEDY-SINGERS-HIP-HOP-POETRY- SPOKEN WORD -B-BOYING - GRAFFITI - SELF ELEVATION


Friday, 19 February 2010

Windows



The American University in Cairo
Performance and Visual Arts Department
and Townhouse invite you to participate in

Windows
A collaborative multichannel video installation project
by Aras Ozgun

Sharjah Art Gallery and Townhouse Gallery
6 – 23 March 2010

Deadline for Application: Thursday, 28 February 2010

The main idea of this project is to provide an open framework (literally, "frames") that can combine and cultivate many different experimental narratives, aesthetic techniques and approaches that are possible in video. Each frame/video is open to be called with a performance as well as a documentary, with sound, acts, or a still-life or a landscape image. Each artists contribution can re!ect a personal statement/concern relating to a limit situation between private and public. While each contributors work remains as an autonomous piece/expression, it resonates with the others at the same time, and forms a collective, participatory body of work.

Program

Session 1 - Introductory session
March 6, Saturday, Townhouse Gallery
12:00-4:00pm

Session 2 - Development of Ideas and Critique
March 9, Tuesday, Sharjah Art Gallery
12:00-5:00pm

Session 3 - Videography and field work
March 13, Saturday, Townhouse Gallery
10:00am-6:00pm

Session 4 - Post-production
March 16, Tuesday, AUC PVA computer lab
12:00am-6:00pm

Session 5 -Exposition Making at AUC
March 23, Tuesday
12:00am-6:00pm

To apply for the workshop and exhibition, please send your CV and a short letter of motivation to the "Art Department" art@aucegypt.edu, by Thursday 28th February 2010.

GHANA MUST GO;PERSONAL NARRATIVES, IDENTITY AND IDENTIFICATION AND RESEARCH...

..... by SENAM OKUDZETO (Lives and Works in Basel, Switzerland)

DATE & TIME SATURDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 3PM

PLACE CCA,LAGOS 9 MCEWEN STREET, OFF HERBERT MACAULAY ST, SABO, YABA, LAGOS

GUEST ARTIST BIO

SENAM OKUDZETO IS A TRANSNATIONAL ARTIST, WRITER, AND SCHOLAR, (GHANA /UK/USA). BORN IN CHICAGO, USA, SHE SPENT HER CHILDHOOD LIVING IN GHANA, NIGERIA, THE UK, AND USA SHE NOW DIVIDES THE YEAR BETWEEN PROJECTS IN BASEL, LONDON, NEW YORK, AND ACCRA.

SHE RECEIVED HER BA FROM THE SLADE SCHOOL OF FINE ART, UCL, LONDON, HER MASTER’S FROM THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LONDON AND CONTINUED POST-GRADUATE STUDY AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM’S INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM IN NEW YORK. IN 2003/2004 OKUDZETO WAS AWARDED A RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AT THE RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.

RECENT PROJECTS INCLUDE A SOLO SHOW AT KUNSTRAUM LAKESIDE KLAGENFURT, AUSTRIA (2009), A SOLO PROJECT AT PS1 MOMA -’PORTES-ORANGES’ (2007), THE DAK’ART BIENALLE IN SENEGAL (2006), WHERE SHE REPRESENTED THE USA, AND DIASPORA WITH HER WORK ‘CAPITALISM AND SCHIZOPHRENIA’. HER INSTALLATION ‘THE DIALECTIC OF JUBILATION’ WAS SHOWN ‘AFRICA REMIX’ AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU (2005), AND THE WORK ‘LONG DISTANCE LOVER’ WAS EXHIBITED AT FREESTYLE AT THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM( 2001).

OKUDZETO HAS TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN EUROPE, THE USA, AND WEST AFRICA AND HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS, INCLUDING THE ARTIST’S RESIDENCY AT THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM 2000/2001, A POLLOCK KRASNER AWARD IN 2002, AND THE STIFTUNG LAURENZ HAUS RESIDENCY 2002 IN BASEL. OKUDZETO IS WIDELY PUBLISHED AND PRESENTLY SERVES ON THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE ACADEMIC PUBLICATION ART JOURNAL. SHE IS ALSO MEMBER OF THE ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE TROPICAL GOTH (WITH ADAM LEHNER AND ANIA SOLIMAN), AND THE FOUNDER OF ART IN SOCIAL STRUCTURES, AN INTERNATIONAL NGO THAT PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN GHANA THROUGH FUNDING PROVIDED BY ARTISTS. HER WORK IS HOUSED IN SEVERAL PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING THE AMISTAAD CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS, SCHAULAGER, BASEL, AND THE RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.

CCA,Lagos acknowledges the support of PRO HELVETIA, The Swiss Arts Council for Senam Okudzeto's participation in On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise, an international art photography residency.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Louder Than Bombs.....Art, Action and Activism


7 Weeks, 7 Residencies, 7 Ways to Activate Change
Stanley Picker Gallery in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency
9 February - 27 March 2010
Featuring: Steven Levon Ounanian & Thomas Thwaites / Áine Phillips /
Sean Burn / Ansuman Biswas / Stacy Makishi & Yoshiko Shimada /
Prick Your Finger / The Vacuum Cleaner


Week 2: Áine Phillips ³The Lost Runway²
16-20 February


Using the conventions of the fashion show format, Áine Phillips¹ The Lost Runway is a collection of specially created sculptural costumes, each dedicated to a Œlost girl¹ as a living personal monument embodying the story of her life. The Lost Runway is an ideological space invested with beauty, desire, loss and longing. The work is a sensitive, poetic and challenging testimonial to missing persons, and the lifelong searches of their friends and families, giving public form to private memory in the service of human freedom and the right to the protection of life.
www.ainephillips.com
Please visit www.stanleypickergallery.org for full opening times.

³The Lost Runway² Performance Event
Saturday 20 February at 2pm
Gallery open from 12-4pm


In this performative catwalk event, Áine Phillips will memorialise Lost Girls from around the world in a series of costumes modeled as live personal monuments by fashion students from Kingston University, together with performance artists from the UK and Ireland.


Stanley Picker Gallery
Kingston University
Knights Park
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2QJ


For directions please visit www.stanleypickergallery.org and click "the gallery".

Please visit www.stanleypickergallery.org and the ³Louder than Bombs² dedicated Facebook page for more information about the rest of the programme.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Spotlight on: Poet Inua Ellams



by Elizabeth Salmon
culled from http://www.catchavibe.co.uk/spotlight-on-poet-inua-ellams/5605/

With his play The 14th Tale being picked up at the National Theatre, Inua Ellams met up with Catch a Vibe to talk about poetry and his numerous projects.

Spoken word artist - Inua EllamsCatch a Vibe: When did you decide to become a Poet?
Inua Ellams: I didn’t decide to become a poet. It was by accident. I wrote a poem and my English teacher told me it wasn’t bad. I didn’t think of it as a poem just me writing rubbish on paper. Then a friend of mine dared me to write a sonnet, which I did, but even then there were just far too much obscure hip-hop references for it to qualify as literature, or so I thought. Then I came to London from Dublin and another friend of mine played me a CD – Amethyst Rockstar by Saul Williams and I saw what he tried to do with literature and I wanted to do the same thing. So I began to chase it… I guess I didn’t really see myself as a poet until people started calling me a poet.

CAV: Are there any poets that inspire you?
Inua Ellams: There is Roger Robinson who is pretty dope, there’s a guy called Polarbear . There is a girl called Jay Bernard who is amazing, Kayo Chingonyi is another dope poet. There’s an American writer called Major Jackson he’s crazy, Anisley Burrows who is also American. Nii Parkes , who is my publisher is another good guy…Oh and the boys that I roll with Musa Okongwa and Joshua Idehen . That’s all so far there’s probably a hundred others like Wole Soyinka , William Shakespeare, Terry Pratchett , Neil Gaiman …..

CAV: Tell us about your new play ‘Untitled’. What’s it about?
Inua Ellams: It is ridiculous in terms of scope and what it tries to talk about. It is a play about twin brothers split at birth, one of them grows up in West Africa and the other in London.
It is a magical realist story, it’s inspired by Salman Rushdie and Ben Okri’s The Famished Road and also inspired by Saul Williams; He has this line in one of his poems that says ‘Let your children name themselves’ and the idea is that if you let your child name themselves it is the ultimate act of freedom and they become authors of their own destiny. It stems from a belief in certain parts of West Africa that a child grows up to embody its name. So that was the first seeds of Untitled; the kid that grows up in West Africa because of the destruction of this ritual in the village / grows up as this unnamed child and that’s where the title comes from. We showed the first 25 minutes of it at the Roundhouse and we got lots of feedback, lots of people liked it. Now it’s a case of knuckling down to write the last half and see if I settle it next year fingers crossed.

CAV: Would you consider writing a novel?
Inua Ellams: This is the thing; when I was explaining to Nii Parkes the idea and the plot for Untitled there were so many strands that I could pull out of it. Nii was like if this fails as a play then just spend the next year and a half writing it as a novel. Based on the good feedback that I got from The 14th Tale – people described it as being such beautiful prose that I could easily dip my hand into writing a novel. So maybe in the future if there’s a story that strikes me or if I steal from someone, twist it enough to claim it as my own then possibly I will get down to writing a novel. But at the moment I don’t think I’m disciplined enough or that I’ve read enough to do that yet but we’ll see.

CAV: Are there any upcoming events that you are going to be involved in?
Inua Ellams: There are a million things. There are the Poejazzi events, we have lot of plans for next year. The 14th Tale is going to be on at the National Theatre next year through February and March which is going to be very cool they’re organising a small spring tour.
Untitled was commissioned by the Soho Theatre so fingers crossed we’re going to start developing it early next year. I’m working on my next book of poetry called Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars. Hopefully I’ll finish writing by February latest and it will be on shelves by May . Then I’ll hit the streets touring.



The 14th Tale is at the National Theatre for 10 performances only between 9 February and 10 March

Artist Focus: Grace Ndiritu

QUESTIONS FROM THE PAST
Friday 12 February 2010, 14.00–15.30


Artist Grace Ndiritu works at the intersection of film and performance. This talk uses performance video art from her Still Life and Responsible Tourism series to dialogue with paintings from the Orientalism movement and Henri Matisse, examining how these works influenced Western ideas of Africa in the late nineteenth century.

Tate Britain
Duffield Room
Millbank
London

£5 (£4 concessions), booking recommended

http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/eventseducation/talks/20951.htm


ACTION

30 January to 28 March 2010

Artists: Beverley Bennett, Appau Boayke- Yiadom, Grace Ndiritu, Robin Deacon
an exhibition curated by Sonia Boyce as part of Liverpool and the Black Atlantic season including:

Sonia Boyce: Like Love Parts One & Two at Bluecoat Gallery

Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic at Tate Liverpool



http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/exhibitions/afromodernism/around-liverpool.shtm


Bluecoat Gallery
School Lane
Liverpool
L1 3BX

Film / Video / Performance 1960 - 2010



Dates: Friday 19 February - Friday 19 March 2010

Open: Monday - Friday, 13.00 - 18.00

Private View: Thursday 18 February 2010, 18.00 - 21.00

Venue: Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon, SW19 3QA
A video lounge with a changing programme of screenings and events, including key works that have championed the medium from the 1960’s to 2010. Curated by Terry Smith, Teaching Fellow in Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art.

For further information please visit www.experimentaldrawingclass.com

Speaking Out: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice



Saturday 6 February 2010, 10.30–17.30

This symposium focuses on the use of the spoken word in artistic practice and its manifestations in sonic and audiovisual art works. Taking the lead from the recently published anthology of works Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice, this event encompasses performances, talks and conversations by artists and researchers who employ spoken words as their material and inspiration.

Contributors include Tomomi Adachi, Caroline Bergvall, Dani Gal, Brandon LaBelle, Cathy Lane, Oswaldo Macià, Nye Parry, Inua 'Phaze' Ellams, Imogen Stidworthy, David Toop and Trevor Wishart.

In collaboration with CRISAP, Creative Research into Sound Art Practice, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
£25 (£15 concessions), booking recommended
For tickets book online
http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/symposia/20795.htm
or call 020 7887 8888.

Sartorial Locomotion: In Conversation, Spring 2010

Three 'In Conversation' sessions exploring current thinking in the research, making and curation of fashion-centred film Organised by the LCF Fashion Media and Image Hub

Wednesday 20 January 2010
5.30pm RHS East Space
Creative Director of SHOWstudio, Ross Phillips, will discuss fashion and clothing in relation to current developments in interactive and online media

Wednesday 10 February 2010
5.30pm RHS East Space
Filmmaker Adam Mufti will showcase current developments in creating editorial and advertising fashion films for online and discuss his experiences working on the BBC documentary on Christopher Kane

Wednesday 3 March 2010
5.30pm RHS East Space
Marketa Uhlirova, the director of the Fashion In Film Festival, will speak on the issues facing the curator of historic and contemporary films featuring fashion
Talks will last one hour and drinks will be served afterwards.

Please contact research@fashion.arts.ac.uk to RSVP or for further information.
London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ, 0207 514 2286