Posts Tagged ‘discussion’

What should we do with the art of monstrous men?

04/11/2019

Listen to a highly condensed version of the discussion on 23rd October at the Masambe Theatre. Recorded and edited by Nigel Vermaas and aired on Bush Radio’s Sakhisizwe arts edition.

On 23 October the South African Cultural Policy Network held a Public Forum at the Masambe Theatre, Baxter. What should we do with the art of monstrous men? There has been much international debate about the “monstrous men” in art, movies, television, and music in the age of #MeToo movement.

The South African arts industry has its own ‘monstrous men’.

Artist Zwelethu Mthethwa is serving eighteen years in jail for murdering sex worker, Nokupila Kumalo; Mbongeni Ngema faces a number of allegations of sexual harassment. And Welcome Msomi has recently been found guilty of having stolen R8m from the Living Legends fund.

Should we separate the art from the artist?

Should Sarafina and other works by Ngema – and Ngema himself –be banned from our theatres? And what about our Rolling Stones albums, Woody Allen DVDS? Etc etc.

A panel consisting of poet & cultural activist Malika Ndlovu, Stellenbosch university transformation officer Babalwa Gusha and gender activist & academic Amanda Gouws grappled with this complex topic. The forum was facilitated by another Stellenbosch University academic Ncebakazi Mnukwana. Tina Schouw also features in the audio.

Music, all of which is made by so-called monstrous men has been added, including Miles Davis, one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century and also an abuser of women.

The actual forum lasted about 90 minutes so obviously there was a lot of important stuff that is not included.

Thanks to Mike van Graan and the SA Cultural Policy Network for keeping these conversations going.

The above text is taken from Nigel’s introduction of the recording.

Catch Nigel Vermaas every week with Connected to Jazz (Tuesdays 8pm) and during Sakhisizwe’s arts edition (Fridays from 12pm) via 89.5FM or www.bushradio.co.za

Debating the Spear

11/06/2012

On Tuesday 5 June 2012 at the African Arts Institute offices in Union House, playwright and Executive Director of the Institute, Mike van Graan chaired a panel discussion/forum which considered the implications to artists of the uproar about Brett Murray’s controversial SPEAR painting. It was hosted by Arterial Network. A lively debate, occasionally slightly anarchic, ensued.

Nigel Vermaas, who attended the forum, assembled a 17.30 minute version of the two-hour event for his Arts Update in Friday’s Sakhisizwe show (8 June). Inevitably the choices made will not find favour with all, much nuance is, of course, lost, and some of the edits are a bit abrupt – but the gist is there.

Mike van Graan introduces the panel: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE RECORDING

A tale of two cities

28/02/2012

The state of South Africa cities currently sits on a crossroad of possible futures, articulated in urban design, architecture, design, the arts and social studies. The dichotomies of formal and informal structures circulate and merge with boundaries that extend beyond the physical borders of supposedly defined urban spaces.

In a night of discussion and exhibition dsgnTête-à-Tête, the flagship discussion platform of MoDILA and broadcast in partnership with Bush Radio 89.5FM every Thursday at 2:30 pm, hosts A Tale of [2+1] Cities, where renowned international experts in the fields of architecture and urban studies will debate with the public on their perspectives of local and global future cities.

All designers and creatives are welcome!

The discussion will be followed by an electronic exhibit of works from the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York entitled Design intelligence Africa and from the University of Cape Town Architecture @ UCT – issues and themes at the Cape Institute for Architecture.

Click here to RSVP

The concept note will be provided subject to RSVP.

For more information contact: communication@modilatrust.co.za

MoDILA, Africa’s cradle for design and leadership excellence’

CLICK TO VIEW THE FULL  A Tale of [2+1] Cities POSTER

Let’s dih-zahyn tet-uh-tet

23/02/2012

For the past 4 weeks, Modila* and Bush Radio 89.5fm successfully piloted a show on 89.5FM  which dealt with the concept of design.

Today we invite you to tune into 89.5FM or online (from your mobile or PC) for dsgnTête-à-Tête (pronounced dih-zahyn  tet-uh-tet) at 2:30pm.

The show continues to create a platform for debate and discussion around design with a special emphasis on how we define the concept of design, and how do we use it to raise social issues.

In today’s show we look at “Supporting Designers” – the current recession has had an umistakeable impact on the South African economy, with many businesses struggling to remain open.

In this context, will we be celebrating the 2014 Design Capital with destitute designers and local buyers? Has government supported designers enough during the financial crisis, or is it left to designers, as creative and intelligent thinkers, to create their own self-funded businesses?

*MoDILA, ‘Africa’s cradle for design and leadership excellence’.

dsgnTête-à-Tête is the flagship discussion platform of MODILA and Bush Radio.

Change by design – check out dsgnM@ttrs on 89.5FM

02/02/2012

Modila* and Bush Radio 89.5FM have launched a programme which creates a platform for debate and discussion around design called dsgnM@ttrs.

With Cape Town being named as the 2014 Design Capital, focus is falling on the design field, where South Africa is arguably behind in comparison to the international design market.

One of the problems that plague the industry is a general misconception and misuse on the concept of ‘design’, and a general lack of understanding within the South African business environment on the potential of design.

We need to start talking about design, and what it can do. How would you define the concept of ‘design’, and how do we use design to raise social issues?

Tune in every Thursday at 2:30pm for dsgnM@ttrs on 89.5fm or online via www.bushradio.co.za

*MoDILA, ‘Africa’s cradle for design and leadership excellence’. dsgnM@ttrs is the flagship discussion platform of MODILA and Bush Radio.”


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