Archive: Issue No. 52, December 2001

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International De5ign Indaba

Speakers at the fifth International De5ign Indaba

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH

www.designindaba.com

by Lauren Shantall

It has "Big, Hairy Audacious Goals" and it's the fifth International De5ign Indaba, taking place in Cape Town from February 27 to March 1 2002. Aiming to make design a popular movement in South Africa, the Indaba organisers get by with a little help from their user-friendly, sleek website. Clad in enduringly chic black, gray and white (but whenever will these minimalist designers bring back colour?), the site efficiently communicates all the necessaries and achieves its goal of promoting the creative industry.

In addition to one of its most important functions as an online payment facility, designindaba.com also features a host of related content that you can navigate via the animated, looping De5ign Indaba motif (each letter has a dropdown menu). Founder and host Ravi Naidoo's manifesto is pretty much what you'd expect, but you can also read transcripts from previous events in case you missed out. Head for design guru Neville Brody's 2001 lecture "Can Design Feed?" Together with commerce-oriented information on sponsorship opportunities, you'll also find a strong social upliftment emphasis in the Indaba's environmental involvement and the impending 2002 launch of their non-profit Young Designer's Trust, which aims to grant three bursaries a year to youths from township communities.

Designindaba.com also links directly to the website of its associated event, the Construction New Media Awards, which is currently inviting entries. One of the few disappointments is that the interesting Design Indaba magazine does not yet have its online presence.

And now, the part that you've been all been waiting for: the speakers. ID pics and brief bios accompany the full list of who's who, but this year's crop of fundis does boast the imminent Lewis Blackwell from Getty Images UK, Tom Roope of Tomato UK and our very own Garth Walker, head of Orange Juice Design. Indaba indeed!

SUBMIT Website


NEW LISTINGS

www.nomemory.org

Valery Grancher has an interesting splash page that plays with binary oppositions like love/hate. The rest is less exciting.

www.cultproduct.co.za

Zayd Minty, organiser of Cape Town's One City, Many Cultures Festival, flights this website for One, his production/curation company.

www.redmenace.za.net/redzine

A local e-zine that goes global with style and attitude, REDzine sports a birthday redesign

www.turbulence.org

Commissioning and supporting "net art", Turbulence is a pioneering venture. Check out the fascinating The Shape of Song.

www.artbook.com

The extensive Distributed Art Publishers catalogue of over 2 500 books on contemporary art and culture is now available online. Hide the credit card!

www.e-flux.com

E-flux distributes info on contemporary institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern. The site also features special projects and a free listings service.

www.biennale.net

Introduce yourself to this "meeting of minds", organised by Miltos Manetas and the Electronic Orphanage.

www.locusplus.org.uk

Download essays and read about the site specific projects commissioned by Locus+, a non-profit arts organisation based in England.

www.kenotaphion.org

What can you hear during a Minute of Silence? Artist Jonty Semper's audio works ask disquieting questions about ritual and commemoration.

www.pelmama.org

This site brings together the former collection of Fernand F Haenggi, comprising mainly 1970s and 1980s works by South African artists including Norman Catherine, Lucas Sithole, Judith Mason and Lucas Seage.

www.sithole.com

A website in memory of South African artist Lucas Sithole (1931-1994), showing many important sculptures from 1966-1991, as well as biographical notes, pictorial references and stories about the works.


GALLERIES, MUSEUMS AND INSTITUTIONS

http://hanelgallery.com

The website of Cape Town's Hänel Gallery features a 360° walkabout of Stefan Blom's show.

www.ava.co.za

One of the oldest galleries in Cape Town, the AVA provides space for a continuous round of exhibitions decided upon by a committee.

www.bangthegallery.co.za

An energetic Cape Town gallery run by artist Alex Hamilton, exhibiting paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and photography.

www.batcentre.co.za

Durban's Bartel Arts Trust acts as a community cultural centre on the harbour, with exhibitions, art shops and music, theatre and dance venues.

home.mweb.co.za/ch/chelsart/gallery

Small, functional site of a gallery located in Cape Town's picturesque Wynberg. Current exhibitions are listed and work by gallery artists can be referenced.

www.districtsix.co.za

Website commemorating the area of District Six and honouring the people who fought against the forced removals and Group Areas Act.

www.goodman-gallery.com

Home of South Africa's top art dealer, Linda Givon, whose artists include Kendell Geers, William Kentridge, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sue Williamson and Moshekwa Langa.

www.artjoao.co.za

Cape Town dealer João Ferreira's gallery in Hout Street showcases work by top South African artists.

www.kgg.gov.za

Home of the Port Elizabeth gallery, with news of current exhibitions and activities and a virtual tour of some highlights.

www.mtnartinst.com

Information about MTN's corporate art collection, gallery and educational institute.

www.museums.org.za

A portal offering access to most of South Africa's national and regional museums.

www.museums.org.za/sang

Comprehensive site with info about the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, library and newsletters.

www.nsagallery.co.za

The website of Durban's top gallery, run by the Natal Society of Arts.

www.owlhouse.co.za

Helen Martins' home and sculpture garden in Nieu-Bethesda are beautifully documented, alongside info about the Owl House Foundation's conservation efforts.

www.pelmama.org

This site brings together the collection of Fernand Haenggi, comprising mainly 1960s works by artists including Norman Catherine, Lucas Sithole, Judith Mason and Lucas Seage.

www.photocentre.org.za

The Cape Town based centre co-ordinates activities aimed at fostering the development of the practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism of photography.

www.ruthprowse.co.za

One of Cape Town's more enduring art institutions, housed in a historic farmhouse once owned by artist Ruth Prowse.

www.vgallery.co.za

This online gallery promotes visual artists in South Africa with the aim of selling work, and includes articles, news and profiles.


GALLERIES, MUSEUMS AND INSTITUTIONS

www.palaisdetokyo.com

This beautifully executed website is worth navigating just for its crisp design and excellent animations. It also happens to be the online mouthpiece for the Palais de Tokyo, an innovative contemporary art space in Paris. The book page is especially pleasing - hunt for the quote from Kendall Geers.

www.gasworksgallery.org

The London counterpart of Jo'burg's Bag Factory and Cape Town's Greatmore Studios, with an international residency programme.

www.stroom.nl

Dutch organisation with its own gallery, which also sponsors public art projects by such artists as Vito Acconci.

www.thami-mnyele.nl

The Thami Mnyele Studio in Amsterdam offers residencies for two visiting artists a year.


ARTISTS' SITES

geocities.com/sknartstudio

The personal website of Cape Town portrait artist and graphic designer Selvin November.

www.alanalborough.co.za

Alan Alborough was Standard Bank Young Artist for 2000 and his website documets the touring show as well as past bodies of work.

www.art.co.za

This site offers visual artists a home on the web, without the costs of registering domains or employing web designers. Artists include Wilma Cruise, Willem Boshoff and Diane Victor.

www.kendellgeers.net

"Kendell Geers - the black hole in the rainbow nation in a fucked up world." This site consists of articles and reviews of Geers' works and writings by the artist.

www.southafricanartists.com

This independently funded directory lists over a thousand South African artists and is geared specifically towards online sales.

www.artslink.co.za/stevencohen

Performance artist Steven Cohen's wicked attires and writings can be scrutinised at leisure on his site.


ARTISTS' SITES

www.africaserver.nl/kheto/index.html

A virtual exhibition of the works of Mozambican painter Kheto Lualuali, who has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1998.

www.bosweb.nl/rm

Rob Moonen is a Dutch conceptual artist known to many South Africans after he participated in a Cape Town workshop in 1996.


EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

www.redeyeart.co.za

Information on the monthly Red Eye art-for-all event founded by Suzy Bell at Durban Art Gallery.

library.thinkquest.org/18799/index.html

Artists' repsonse to apartheid is explored through the work of Jane Alexander, Willie Bester, Jonathan Comerford and Helen Sebidi.


EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

universes-in-universe.de/car/yokohama/trien1/english.htm

Take a virtual tour, featuring photgraphs and commentary, of the First International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Yokohama, taking place until November 11.

universes-in-universe.de/car/venezia/bien49/english.htm

This virtual tour from Universes in Universe concentrates on participants from Africa, Asia/Pacific and Latin America.

universes-in-universe.de/africa/short-cent/english.htm

Universes in Universe takes a virtual tour of Okwui Enwezor's ambitious exhibition that "redefines Africa's place in the annals of 20th century history".

www.akka.nl/hsal/docs/index_artists.html

The HSAL Project was designed specifically to have dialogue and communication between seven Dutch and seven South African artists as its primary objective.

www.liberatedvoices.org

This site shows a number of works by each of the artists on New York's Museum for African Art show of work created between 1994 and 1999.


ART SITES AND PUBLICATIONS

www.capearts.co.za

Cape-based artists are invited to exhibit work in the cyber gallery, join the database or list upcoming events.

www.artslink.co.za

This site becomes more and more useful, with its e-mailing of arts-related press releases available to anyone through its Acemail programme.

www.coartnews.co.za

Online version of Clive Kellner and Fernando Alvim's occasional print publication on southern African arts.

www.redmenace.za.net/redzine

Devin Purvis runs this Durban based e-zine devoted to experiments in design, art, music, photography and the internet.


ART SITES AND PUBLICATIONS

www.artbyte.com

An excellent ezine looking at digital arts and culture which accompanies the print magazine Artbyte.

www.africultures.com

This French site features articles on local art, including an interview with Stephen Hobbs and a piece on Tracey Rose. Unfortunately for non-francophiles, most of it is not in our lingua franca.

www.africaserver.com

Dutch-based site with a particular emphasis on the arts and culture of this continent.

www.artforum.com

This slick site is a natural translation of the print look and feel, offering art world news, critics' picks and selected articles from the magazine.

www.artnet.com

A New York-based website, this is one of the best and biggest, offering excellent reviews and magazine coverage.

www.e-flux.com

E-flux bills itself as the "the first electronic mailing company devoted exclusively to serving the international art world".

trace.ntu.ac.uk/frame/index.htm

UK e-zine looking at "critical thought around the whole subject of how culture and technology are interweaving at the end of this century".

www.Gallerie.net

The gorgeous online version of a biannual global ideas magazine published in India and addressing issues that are of universal concern.

www.newsgrist.com

New York artist and critic Joy Garnett's site with images and prose and poetry and articles of interest to artists.


PROJECT SITES

www.lovekatie.com

A digital experiment that navigates cyberspace in an interesting but slightly repetitive way. Saved by its sweet illustrations.

www.sensorium.org

Sensorium is a site of truly wondrous projects involving, for example, the number of earthquakes that have happened worldwide in the past 14 days, and the sounds of the web itself.

www.plexus.org

Plexus is one of the best - great artist projects, articles, news.


RESOURCES

www.blac.co.za

Home of a loose network of artists, academics, journalists and cultural workers, with updates on activities and events happening in Cape Town.

www.globalartinfo.com

Ambitious Cape Town-based venture pitched as the artist's "International Internet Career Tool".


RESOURCES

www.bookstorming.com

Anyone with wads of cash to spare - and some spare space on their coffee table - will be storming over to Bookstorming to splurge on this e-commerce site's extensive library of contemporary art publications, catalogues and 150 art magazines. It's retail art therapy.

www.queer-arts.org

A not-for-profit educational forum for the display and discussion of queer art and culture.

WEBSITE RESOURCES


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