Thursday, September 18, 2008

grassgreen/sky blue

"grass green/sky blue (because you stood in the highest court in the land and insisted on your humanity)"

dedicated to "nkanyezi"/"khwezi"-who in 2006 stood in the High court and defended hers- and in so doing-other's humanity also.

materials: video w surround sound over the grass stage in the middle...the video was of grass blowing (i will test my skills and upload a clip of the video here sometime...)
the sound was of the camera running/going through the grass, birds passing, the wind...
other materials used were magazine pics collected from garden and home and other magazines that feature people's private gardens and also public parks and landscapes....
an also pictures of beautiful blue skies....taken also from gardening magazines, news papers, books etc.
i also used silver tape, masking tape, etc. to paste the pics on the wall
vynil prints-of chocolates, of lions in some bush veld or other.....
price bonanza boards, wrapping papers, 2 plastic bags, faux grass( a special green carpet that alludes to grass) a stage, skirting made of fabrics with patterns....disco lights, collander...a panga...shelf, balloons, light bulbs, sound, faux flowers...plastic sheets....dangling glass grapes

"grass green/sky blue..." is the winning installation for the MTN New Contemporary Award 2008, was installed at the university of johannesburg gallery in july/august 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

non in mind...fictions unending, dreamweaver and other stories

invitation card(photographed by moshekwa langa)

falls the sun/shines the rain 2007
at marthouse gallery, amsterdam

plug in/plug out,2007
materials: found coat hanger, wool, fake fur,knives,lights, blush brush..on a yellow cushion

" falls the sun,shines the rain"... going through to the floating cloud and a drawing installation "where is the love..." at the back of the gallery

" itchy fairy"2007 with "you are protable" 2007
("itchy fairy" made up carpet,'table' sculpture with lights, sacks,and faux fur cuffs)

you are protable, photograph/print 2007 (photographed by victor ekpuk)

falls the sun/shines the rain

"where is the love...", drawing installation

"under all means necessary" 2006/7 video projected on gallery wall

"non in mind...fictions unending, dreamweaverr and other stories", september 2007, marthouse gallery amsterdam

gallery installation-drawings, objects, videos that all exist as separate pieces too-ooo-ooo-o


from "where every other is altogether other" site specific installation 2007 at deAteliers, amsterdam

materials: tube light, umbrella, old tshirt, umbrella frame, table lamp, ladies stockings,rope

arti bitchi....pijnakker/painaccre

"arti bitchi" 2008, in the basement of the papesse, in siena

materials: house hold knives, chiffon threads/string, tube light attached to wooden beam that sags in the middle, 1/2 circle grass green carpet, hallogen lamps,

courtesy Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
ph. Ela Bialkowska

IT'S A CELEBRATION, and you are inivted...


me: sorry my actors arrived
i had to go
but now going to pee
Gabi: ohh, usuyi director manje?
20:44 me: yebo beybi
ngi ya buya
ngi ya toilet
Gabi: ok
20:45 bekumnandi?
20:47 uyakaka yini?
me: yebo
be ke kaka
20:48 so my actors will be acting out a conversation that had happened between X and i whilst we were still a couple
20:49 it is scripted
Gabi: ooooooooooooooook
art imitates life
me: es
translated from virtual life
20:50 "i" am a man
Gabi: ja, tell mo
me: the person performing as me is a man
which is interesting
and X is being performed by a white woman
20:51 Gabi: hayi bo!
me: they will be 'invisible'
performing 'normal'
staging a fight
Gabi: a fight that happened?
20:52 me: yes
but also inbetween,
repeating a conversation that they had
when they met each other
the real actors
as themselves
so they will be re-performing themselves
again and again
20:53 amnesiacly
Gabi: you making a film or performance?
me: performance and film
i recorded the first reading
of the script
so that will be played
on sunday at the opening
20:54 whilst they are 'invisibly' performing
Gabi: how do you see the work? film or performance or both?
me: performance
Gabi: ok
20:55 me: i am excited...!
the first reading was really funny because they had not been briefed about the context

"it's a celebration bitches"-conversation : dineo bopape & simmi dullay via gchat

1:54 simmi: hmmm...very confusing
i cant understand most of it

21:55 me: okay, so 2 actors will be performing a conersation that X and i had whilst we were together
a fight
that happened via email/chat
simmi: ya got that
me: and they will be doing this performance without announcing it
and will seek a witness
21:56 at the openning to perform it for
simmi: from audience?
me: yes
so they will appear like part of the people coming to see the work/shw
21:57 but they will be performing this email conv/fight
simmi: its a juxtaposition of reality versus the staged versus the virtual
me: and then they will be meeting each other over and over again
simmi: aha!
me: so the performance of a real relationshin
and the performative things that happen in relationships
simmi: yes
me: and them also having to perform themselves
staging their meeting
staging the first conversation that happened between them
21:59 simmi: was their meeting?
me: when they first met today in my apt
nothing special
simmi: oh
me: just both excited about meeting another actor so curious about things they had done b4

simmi: ok
22:00 me: asking each other questing that would reveal more about themselves to each other
simmi: but the audience will be kept in the dark
me: yes
simmi: as the performance will be intergrated in the moment
me: but they will keep on seing the coupl e being in the same fight over and over again
so that may be a clue
22:01 simmi: yes...i thought of that
r u part of performing?

me: and there is a monitor which will play outside
of their first reading of the script
yes and no
i will not be iterracting w them
simmi: cool
22:02 its a deconstruction of a performance
me: yes
that sounds col
22:03 i think the actual work happened at the time of the rehearsal of the performance
simmi: though ambivilant or works within the possibility of duality contained in every source/concept

me: the taping of the first reading
22:04 the duality between:real and virtual/past/present/
22:05 simmi: no i mean that although its a deconstruction of perfomance
the performance branches out into the audience and continues to reinvent it self
me: yes
22:06 it reinvens itself
i guess for the audience
but for the performers,
it is
simmi: also the repetition or mirroring and its existance being played out on various stages of communication
me: something else but i dunno what
simmi: simultaniously
22:07 me: the mirror-ing
simmi: very bloody complex and deep
me: yes yes yes
i am having a cosmic orgasm now
simmi: u sooo lovely and crazy
22:08 well i should have written ur review
it could be quite funny to write the review with out seing it
me: oh please do
on phoe
simmi: within context to how energy reverbrates
22:12 or how things exist within consciousness
19 minutes
22:31 me: hey sorry simms
22:32 i'm back on
hey i would love for you to do a review on it!
and i think it would be interesting because you would not have been at the performance
22:33 how would that work
it would be interesting to do a video podcast of it

Thursday, July 24, 2008