Image: George Hallett photographs in The Chimurenga Library, 2015. Exhibition co-curated by Chimurenga, The Otolith Collective and The Showroom. Photo: Daniel Brooke.
Courtesy of the George Hallett archive and Christine Eyene at the University of Central Lancashire, and Chimurenga.
Listening to George Hallett and Exiled Voices with Christine Eyene
For a special recording session with the Pan African Space Station (PASS), Christine Eyene shared her research into the work of photographer George Hallett and stories of artists from South Africa living in exile. Punctuating her commentary, the broadcast featured interviews with George Hallett and Louis Moholo as well as songs from the Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath.
In 2015 The Showroom and The Otolith Collective collaborated on the first UK presentation of Cape Town-based outfit Chimurenga, who infiltrated our building in the form of The Chimurenga Library, inserting themselves into the existing frameworks, functions and structures of the space without displacing its everyday activities. The first week of the exhibition played host to the Pan African Space Station (PASS), Chimurenga's online music radio station and pop-up studio. The project was co-curated by Chimurenga, The Otolith Collective and The Showroom.
LISTEN: George Hallett and Exiled Voices with Christine Eyene. This session was recorded during the Pan African Space Station (PASS) for The Chimurenga Library at The Showroom in 2015.
Alberta Whittle: Mammmmmmmmywata Presents Life Solutions International
Recent developments in Alberta Whittle's research have led to the creation of a mythological avatar, Mammmmmyyyyywaaaata, whose mission is to facilitate new mechanisms for discussing decolonisation and memory.
Disrupting binaries of identity, Mammmmmyyyyywaaaata represents a hybrid identity, personifying a culture of mixedness, rooted in both miscegenation and love.
She has landed in Scotland, appearing in videos, encouraging us to get WOKE, advertising her powers to decolonize from within and demanding REPARATIONS NOW...
WATCH: Mammmmmmmmywata Presents Life Solutions International (2016, 3 minutes 57 seconds) by Alberta Whittle. This video is specially available to view in The Library for a limited period, from 10-24 July, as part of this edition of Fortnightly Highlights.
[2 week screening has now finished]
FROM THE ARCHIVE
Larry Achiampong: MEH MOGYA (A Sample of Me)
Exploring perceptions and concepts of identity with regard to his Ghanaian and British heritage, Larry Achiampong worked with Highlife – a music genre originating from Ghana in the 1900s and predating Jazz – to produce MEH MOGYA (A Sample Of Me). The resulting record was launched at The Showroom in October 2011.
This project forms part of a wider body of research in which Achiampong set out to investigate the audible potentials of personal and non-personal expression through sampling, experimental sound recording devices and processes.
LISTEN: Larry Achiampong, MEH MOGYA (A Sample Of Me), 2011.
Tremaine Emory: 'Proper Burial Finally, Thanks America' – in conversation with Theaster Gates and Elvira Dyangani Ose
As part of the Collective Intimacy live programme last year at 180 The Strand, Tremaine Emory presented a unique installation, Proper Burial Finally, Thanks America. 'America has never had a wake or a funeral for all the slaves that built the country over time', Emory reflects upon this project. 'All the servants after slavery ended; everyone that was lynched or shot by a cop; all the atrocities that happened to Africans taken from Africa and brought to America...'
'The last wake I went to was my mother’s, and [beforehand] I'd thought it was the most horrible idea, [to be] in the presence of someone you love no longer being there. As painful as it was, when I think back, it was a beginning to moving past that pain. That’s how this idea started, thinking of my mum so much... It started with the wake.'
EXPLORE: listen to a recording of this conversation between Tremaine Emory, Theaster Gates and Elvira Dyangani Ose, and read an article about the installation that accompanied their conversation in The Face magazine.
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