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Bush in 30 Seconds

Bush in 30 Seconds


   Bush in 30 Seconds

If you are someone with half an ounce of political consciousness, and have some serious concern with the fiasco that is American politics, then 'Bush In 30 Seconds' is for you.

This site hosts the entries to a kind of "telling the truth about George Bush" advertisement competition, which was sponsored by the Voter fund. This voter-run group aims to provide the voting public with facts on Bush's presidency, actions, policies and their effects on aspects of public and private life. In keeping with their position, their 'Bush in 30 seconds' campaign invited submissions in the form of 30 second ads, which in some way challenge the party lines fed to the public by official spokespeople, and which get repeated in the news.

The winning entry asks who will pay off the deficit generated by the Bush government. This is answered by images of young children at work in menial jobs, suggesting thus that Bush is gambling with the future of American children. My favourite is If Parents Acted like Bush, which makes obvious the immoral and duplicitous character of the Bush office.

In an increasingly multi-national corporate media environment that is in bed with the American government, is a crucial voice. In terms of contemporary culture and public debate, it is significant that they have seized on the Internet specifically as their platform.





The Arts Association of Bellville and Gallery has re-branded itself as Art.b - the Arts Association of Bellville. The gallery has been modernised, this attractive new website telling you all about it.

   artSPACE durban

artSPACE durban (aSd) is another gallery with a coded set of case constraints. Never mind though. This website provides a useful starting point for artists interested in hiring out the gallery space for exhibition, or renting studio space. The site allows you to view the interior spaces of aSd from your desktop.

   Association for Visual Arts

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

   BAT Centre

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

   Bateau Laveau, is a local, well-designed Flash site that serves as an online portfolio for seven young Paarl-based artists.

   Bell-Roberts Gallery

The Bell-Roberts Gallery, on Cape Town's upper Loop Street, is a hub of busy art activity with its new coffee and bookshop.

   Brett Kebble Art Awards

The show might be over but the fuss has not dissipated. Follow the spin and spin-off from the BKAA here - and watch out for next year's call for entries.

   Chelsea Art 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.

   Dave Southwood

Dave Southwood is doubtlessly one of South Africa's most important young photographic talents. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Southwood has been engaged in a number of projects, both personal and commercial, details of which are contained on his new website.

   District Six Museum

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

   Gallery Momo

52 Seventh Avenue is Johannesburg's newest contemporary art destination, an airy gallery with a neo-brutalist fa�ade. Called Gallery Momo, the gallery is already home to artists Kay Hassan and Santu Mofokeng.

   Goodman Gallery

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

   Greatmore Studios

Cape Town's Greatmore studio and residency project is now online.

   Hänel Gallery

Home page of the Hänel Gallery in Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.

   Jhb Art City

The official site for the Jhb Art City project, the on-going initiative that aims to use Johannesburg's inner city as the backdrop and setting for a large outdoor gallery.

   João Ferreira Fine Art

Cape Town dealer João Ferreira's gallery in Hout Street showcases work by well-known and emerging contemporary South African artists.

   King George VI Art Gallery

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

   Michael Stevenson Contemporary

Michael Stevenson Contemporary Gallery is Cape Town's newest kid on the block. The gallery, comprising three inter-leading white cubes, is to be run by Michael Stevenson, Kathy Grundlingh and Andrew da Conceicao.

   Museums Online

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

   NSA Gallery

Durban leading contemporary art gallery, run by the Natal Society of Arts.

   Pelindaba Museum of African and Modern Art

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.


Johannesburg's premiere photographic gallery, with two exhibition spaces, represents Hannelie Coetzee, Graeme Williams and Jürgen Schadeberg, amongst others.

   Rose Korber Art Consultancy

An independent art consultant, dealing in works by leading and emerging, contemporary South African artists.

   Ruth Prowse School of Art

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

   SA Centre for Photography

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

   South African National Gallery

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

   The | Premises

Point of access for The | Premises gallery (which is currently under construction) at the Johannesburg Civic Centre and arts consultancy group The Trinity Session.

   The Owl House

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

   V Gallery

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

   Zuva Gallery

A local site worth exploring is, an easy to navigate site containing information about the new gallery at Melrose Arch.


   Axis Gallery

This New York-based gallery is run by South Africans Lisa Brittan and Gary van Wyk, the space devoted innovative exhibitions featuring South African artists.

   Gasworks Gallery

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


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

   Palais de Tokyo

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.


Polvo Art Studio is an alternative space located in Chicago. The website for this space recently added a page for international artists. At the moment, it features the work of Liza Grobler and Brett Murray alongside writings by Paul Edmunds and Mario Pissarra. Follow this link directly:


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

   Thami Mnyele Studio

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

   Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art

The VMCAA offers an insightful list of African artists based in the Netherlands, including Mustafa Maluka, Ina van Zyl, Michelle Tabor, Moshekwa Langa, Marlene Dumas and Jon Eiselin.


   Andries Odendaal

Heralded as one of the world's most innovative Flash programmers, this link will reveal why.

   Alan Alborough

Standard Bank Young Artist for 2000, Alborough's site contains everything you need to know about this reclusive personality.

   Art in South Africa

A site that 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.

   Cobus van Staden

Cobus van Staden, a South African photographer living in Nagoya, Japan, posts pics regularly on his website.

   Esther Mahlangu

This modest website link offers a cursory view of the output of acclaimed artist Esther Mahlangu.

   Pieter Hugo

Cape Town-based Pieter Hugo works in a fledgling style I prefer to call 'new documentary'. Readers of the Italian publication Colors will likely be familiar with what I mean, and probably also recognise some of Hugo's images. Unencumbered by any gimmicks, Hugo's site allows for easy browsing of his interesting portfolio.

   Kendell Geers

"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.

   Lucas Sithole

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.

   Muffin Balajadia

New website documenting output of this expatriate artist.

   Rob Mills

Photographer Rob Mills reflects on domesticity and the personal realm, using a very simple site as his exhibition space.

   Selvin November

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

   South African Artists

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


Offers extensive biographies and portfolio selections from an accomplished list of South African image-makers, including Rodney Barnett; David Goldblatt; Motlhalefi Mahlabe and Paul Weinberg.

   Steven Cohen

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

   Theresa-Anne Mackintosh

Johannesburg-based artist Theresa-Anne Mackintosh's new website.


   Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Dale Yudelman

The painter Arlene Amaler-Raviv and photographer Dale Yudelman have been collaborating for some time now. The two are currently showing their works on the 8th Havana Biennial, curated by Hilda María Rodríguez Enr�quez. This well-designed and easily navigable site contains useful personal biographies on both artists, as well as images of their collaborative work at Havana.

   Chaz Maviyane-Davies

As influential US design magazine Print has commented, this Zimbabwean designer's work "explores an indigenous iconography that speaks not only for his clients' particular needs but for Zimbabwe."

   Douglas Coupland

Intriguing and informative site by the pop author who is actually a sculptor by training.

   Franz Wassermann

A good way to track this Austrian artist's various initiatives, projects such as 'Administrative Detention For Asylum Seekers' and 'Barbie and Ken are HIV positive'. Activist art.

   Jonty Semper's Kenotaphion

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

   Joshua Davies' PrayStation

New York-based Davies is an inquisitive developer and programmer who applies design concepts to computer technology - often just to see what will happen.

   Kheto Lualuali

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

Currently, one of the most influential voices in the field of new media is Lev Manovich. He is Associate Professor in New media in the department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and is perhaps best known for his book The Language of New Media (2001).

   Rob Moonen

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


The Icelandic artist Ruri seamlessly uses modern technology to celebrate the ancient beauty of nature.

   Valery Grancher

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

   Yugo Nakamura

Showcase for this Japanese master of Flash animation's MONO*crafts project.

   Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud is a legend in the field of comics. Not only has he been prolific as a comics artist and writer (notably for 'Zot!'), but he is also hailed for his pioneering writing on the nature of comics as a medium.


   International De5ign Indaba

Showcase for the International Design Indaba, which takes places annually in Cape Town.

   Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

A melting potjie of art, language, politics and the best koeksisters this side of the Swartberg, the annual Easter festival offers its highlights online.


The December 2001 Cape Town leg of the six-city 'Homeport' exhibition is documented with maps, pictures, information on contributing artists, and essays by Sue Williamson, Vincent Kolbe and Natasha Becker.

   Public Eye

Founded in 1999, Public Eye was formed by a collection of Cape Town-based artists and cultural activists to initiate and manage art projects in the public arena with the aim of enriching the cultural life of the city and the country.

   Red Eye @rt

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


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

   Big Torino

Visit the gorgeous website of the International Biennial of Young Art, held from April 19 to May 19 2002.

   Body Worlds,8542,669680,00.html

London's Guardian newspaper presents selected exhibits from 'Body Worlds', the anatomical exhibition of real human bodies that has been seen by over eight million people worldwide.

   Cruel and Tender

'Cruel and Tender', the first major photography exhibition at Tate Modern, was an in depth exploration of the documentary realist tradition in twentieth century photography. A valuable point of entry for anyone interested in charting the drift of twentieth century photography.

   DAK'ART: Biennial of Contemporary African Art

Since 1992, DAK'ART has been the pre-eminent platform for contemporary art with cultural roots in Africa.

   Fela Kuti & African Art

Website addendum to 'Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti', a group show at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art that celebrated the life and influence of the Nigerian musician-activist-cult figure Fela Kuti.

   South Africa Line Project

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

   Tour of the 49th Venice Biennale

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

   Tour of 'The Short Century'

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".


The website of the Dutch exhibition of installations and performances in Amsterdam and Hoorn which marks 400 years since the powerful VOC or Dutch East India ruled the spice routes to the east, colonising the Cape en route.

   50th Venice Biennale

The 50th edition of the Venice Biennale, 'Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer', opened on June 15.
For information on 'Fault Lines', see:
For information on "the Structure of Survival', see:



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

   Cape Arts

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


"Chimurenga wants to articulate the experiences of African peoples wherever they may be located," says Ntone Edjabe, the founding editor of this Pan-Africanist publication in the tradition of Transition.

   Contemporary African Music and Arts Archive

The brainchild of John Turest Swartz, this University of Cape Town based website has the backing of the Ford Foundation in trying to archive the artists and musicians of seven countries across Africa - South Africa, Mali, Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique.


Online literary site founded by Alan Finlay and now edited by Paul Wessels, offering worthwhile contributions by a host of known and unknown names.

   Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World

Ijele is an online journal of contemporary art and architecture, art history and criticism, focusing exclusively on the visual creative expressions of artists in Africa, as well as artists of the diaspora.


Garth Walker: founder of Orange Juice Design and editor of i-jusi magazine, an irreverent print publication vaguely positioned somewhere between the art and design divide. The i-jusi website offers an oblique point of entry into the world according to Garth.


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


Spectrum is a voluntary association formed to develop the concept of using the mediums of Radio, Television and Internet broadcasting around various special events to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Log on and sign the petition if you believe in a broadcaster committed to alternative and less commercial art forms.

   Taxi Art Books

David Krut Publishing's useful series of artist's monographs dedicated to lesser known but established South African artists.

Underdog Online is a non-commercial, South African ezine that strives to cover both current developments in popular culture and noteworthy initiatives that are not picked up by mass media radars.


A daily arts news outlet, and the largest and most successful programme of it's kind representing over 80,000 works by over 10,000 artists from around the world.


If you've never encountered Kalle Lasn's Adbusters Media Foundation now is your chance to do it. A highly commended - and commendable - site.


AfricanColours is a useful site for those looking for a global overview of pan-African contemporary art.


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

This French site features articles on local art, including an interview with Stephen Hobbs and a piece on Tracey Rose. French language site!


An excellent e-zine looking at digital arts and culture which accompanies the print magazine Artbyte.


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.

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


Flying the flag for women artists, Artsymag features interviews with Nancy Spero, Guerilla Girls and Judy Chicago.

   Brit Art

With a name like, you'd expect a few Damien Hirst aquaria floating around, but this email-order art shop focuses on promoting and selling new UK talent.

   Brigata Italia

Based in New York and Milan, Brigata Italia presents itself as a centre of digital gravity for people interested in design and communication.

   Creative Base

From the publishers of ZOO, the renowned arts quarterly, this UK site is a gold mine of information and inspiration, encompassing art, architecture, advertising, design, new media, moving image, photography and publishing.


Theoretical e-journal edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker.

   Culture Base is a online source of information on contemporary artists practising in all disciplines. The database features practitioners and experts from geographical regions as diverse as Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe.


An independent e-zine that takes in all forms of the contemporary creative scene: graphic design, music, jewellery, fine art, industrial design, decor, architecture, fashion, furniture. The catch is plentiful!


A collective of photographers dealing with photography and photojournalism. A site that redeems photography from its prominent role in giving the society of the spectacle its glossy appeal.


E-flux distributes information 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.


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

   Frieze Magazine

The online version of the inestimable British art magazine devoted to contemporary art and culture.

   International Gallerie

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


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

   NY Arts Magazine

NY Arts the print magazine may not be as luscious as Artforum or Frieze but it's packed with interesting articles, many of which make their way onto the relatively new website.

   Photo Japan

Useful for its information on avant-garde photographer such as Takashi Homma, Kyoichi Tsuzuki, Naoya Hatakeyama and Izima Kaoru.

This 'news' site offers a refreshing insight into current news stories in the US. This is no mean feat given the virtual monopoly corporate USA has over reliable web news reporting. Refreshingly honest and quirky.

   Printed Matter

Founded in 1976 by artists and artworkers, Printed Matter is the world's largest non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and distribution of publications made by artists.

   S C I C U L T

"Bridging science and culture through contemporary art," is how the specialist science-related contemporary art gallery and science-art agency SciCult present themselves.

Billed as a platform for collaboration, discussion, inspiration and exposure of visual design, art, music, writing and all forms of creative innovation.

   Tema Celeste

Art magazine that includes daily updates.

   Triangle Arts Trust

Initiates and facilitates an international network of artist led workshops and residencies that engage audiences through public events and exhibitions. The majority of workshops are in Africa.


   Another Poster for Peace

A grassroots campaign that uses the poster as a vehicle of dissent, a counter argument to the onslaught of fear and warmongering currently in the media.


Interesting project site that operates at the intersection of design, activism and digital art. Information about the New Media Underground Foundation can be accessed here.

   Future Farmers

A collective of digital artists and firebrands based in San Francisco. Includes the myriad of projects initiated by inspanidual members.


Human-oriented public artists and audiophiles par excellence, the members of Greyworld colour those empty, interstitial spaces with interesting sonic effects.


A multimedia arts lab dedicated to exploring the intersection of cognitive, terrestrial and digital space through various practices. The site includes some interesting (if unresolved) images and ideas.


This new website from Lard animation (comprising local artists Melissa Visser and Chris Higgo) shows "lip-smacking" clips from forthcoming releases.


One of the best: great artist projects, articles, news.

   Rhythm Engine

RhythmEngine (REg), created by Photon Inc, is a project that uses music and visual effects as a communication tool.


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.


A not-for-profit organisation that has as its core mission the commissioning of net art works by emerging and established artists.

   The Disembodied Art Gallery

Website for a British art group responsible for initiatives such as Deconstructing Duchamp, an internet collaborative art project.


   Arts & Culture Trust

The Arts & Culture Trust receives financial support from business and even artists themselves in order to fund cultural projects, and also make awards to individuals and organisations considered to be of greatest benefit to the arts.
A very straightforward website. Look for information. Download application forms.

   Black Arts Collective

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


Founded in 1958, Clarke's specialises in Africana books, prints, maps and ephemera concentrating mainly on Africa south of the Sahara.

   Global Art Information

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

   Mail & Guardian Online

The progressive weekly print title's invaluable online version is a good resource for art listings, reviews and interviews.

   National Arts Council

The website of the national funding agency for culture is hopelessly outdated. (and dead boring in design). The only current information seems to be the next date for accepting funding applications: September 12, 2003.


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

   The Ants Nest

A resource for designers and artists, you need to become a soldier ant in order to submit work for exhibition and receive invitations to ant art events.


   African Colours

An online resource for contemporary African art and artists, its sister site presenting new media projects initiated in Africa.


The world leader in art market information. "Our press agency reports and comments on the art auction figures and charts covering 2,900 auction houses in 40 countries."

Anyone with wads of cash to spare 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.


Started by the Asia-Europe Foundation, this website facilitates Asian-European cultural exchange.

   Dia Bookshop

In conjunction with the Dia Center, this new online bookshop focuses on postwar and contemporary art and cultural history.

   Distributed Art Publishers

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


Refusing to limit style, creativity and genre, DV8 provides a platform and a resource for developing digital filmmakers of all inclinations.

   Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Comprehensive public art resource, including links to articles, discussions and exhibitions; specific artists and localities; temporary pieces; web-based projects; as well as a list of awards, competitions and commissions.

   Queer Arts Resource

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