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Adama in Wonderland

Akinbode Akinbiyi
Adama in Wonderland, Photographic print ,


Various Artists

SEE LISTING URBAN STAGE - Tanja Deman & Lorenzo Nassimbeni

URBAN STAGE - Tanja Deman & Lorenzo Nassimbeni , Exhibition Invitation ,

SEE LISTING 'The Life of Forms'

Various Artists
'The Life of Forms', Exhibition Invitation ,

SEE LISTING Isivumelwano

Sabelo Mlangeni
Isivumelwano, Invitation Image ,


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Akinbode Akinbiyi at Goethe Institut


Renowned Nigerian photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi has for some years focused his output on mega-cities, especially those on the African continent, including work on Cairo, Lagos and Kinshasa. The body 'Adama in Wonderland', was developed during stays in the city in 2012 and 2013. The artist describes the work as ‘a wander through the contested streets of Johannesburg looking for, searching for its essential essence. Extremely fine gold dust floating ever so ephemerally in the evening twilight, down the grid-patterned streets of Downtown, out into the southern suburbs and up and away into the northern counterparts, and in no way forgetting the equally contested streets of the western and eastern suburbs.’

28 November 2013 - 31 January 2014

Various Artists at Goethe Institut

'The Video Party' series of events has taken place since May 2013. For this project, theCUSS group installed video works in shops and public spaces around Johannesburg in an attempt to re-think the exclusionary nature of conventional art spaces. In doing so, the project also considers commerce and mass-appeal aesthetics in relation to art practice.

In August, the group will inhabit the Goethe-Institut gallery space which will be used as studio and installation space, bringing the work thus far back into a conventional art space to re-interrogate notions of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. The films themselves are low-fi and feature much formal distortion. This disruption to the natural flow of the films is purposeful and undermines the imagery and sound to create a raw and gritty aesthetic.

CUSS members Jamal Nxedlana, Ravi Govender, Zamani Xolo, Lex Trickett and Bogosi Sekhukuni are artists living and working in Johannesburg. Since CUSS inception in February 2011 the group has published four online magazines, a video magazine, a print magazine and a trailer for a documentary and a number of webisodes focused on contemporary arts and culture in South Africa.

29 August 2013 - 28 September 2013

Tanja Deman and Lorenzo Nassimbeni at Goethe Institut

Tanja Deman, visual artist and Lorenzo Nassimbeni, architect are giving a lecture together in which they present recent works from their current individual practices thus creating a platform for interdisciplinary discussion.

The city is an urban stage primed for the interpretation, projection and articulation of ideas. By placing a screen within the urban environment, the opportunity to project an understanding of urban space is created. In observing the city through a lens constituted of glass sourced from the disciplines of visual art and architecture, new ways of seeing and looking emerge. In this space lies a surface which reflects ideas, suggesting an autonomous discipline, a vestibule for knowledge.

Johannesburg as an urban landscape is the potential case-study environment for the testing of ideas presented in this lecture.

Door opens and 18.00, lecture starts at 18.30, until 19.30


Discussion chaired by Sarah Calburn

10 July 2013 - 10 July 2013

Various Participants at Goethe Institut

The GoetheonMain project space becomes a satellite venue for hosting exhibitions, stagings and interventions related to JWTC, conceptualised by Zen Marie. Participants of the workshop are invited to extend their theoretical work space, through visual, audial, performed and spatial dimensions. 

The JWTC Project Space at Goethe on Main, will be an experimental contemporary art space, a vehicle for curating theory. Somewhere between exhibition and symposium, the project space at the 2013 JWTC aims to explore the correspondence and discontinuities between theory and practice, in ways that interrogate the categories of form and content. 

'The Life of Forms', the theme of the 2013 JWTC will mobilize a framework: The space will be modular and multifunctional, operating simultaneously as work space, discussion/presentation environment, while at the same time restituting ideas generated from JWTC workshops, past and present. 

As a result, some of the interventions and collaborations in the space will be developed in a real-time relationship to the workshops in 2013 JWTC, while others will take a retroactive view of how theory manifests in art documentation by working through archival material from past JWTC’s.

While participants and speakers at 2013 JWTC will be invited to collaborate with this project, there are artists who are conceptualizing a range of interventions and perspectives in advance. These include:

Talya Lubinsky 

Raimi Gbadamosi

Frances Burger

Naadira Patel 

Michelle Monareng 

Georgia Munnik 

Lungelo Pule 

Tolo Pule 

Zak Blas 

Marie Ange Bordas

Karin Tan

Antonia Brown

Georges Pfruender

Mwenya Kabwe

Tshego Khutsoane 

Kutjo Green

Cynthia Kros

Soundmind Lab

and others

The project space becomes a platform for theoretical/aesthetic model building, a laboratory for practice-based theory or a stage for concepts to be performed.  



28 June 2013 - 18 July 2013

Sabelo Mlangeni at Goethe Institut

Shown for the first time in Johannesburg, Sabelo Mlangeni’s photographic exhibition 'Isivumelwano: An Agreement' comprises a series of photographs shot at various Southern African wedding ceremonies.

The project began with the documentation of weddings in South African townships, and continued with an exploration of these ceremonies in Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. The resulting body of work focuses on the beauty and ornate nature of these ceremonies, as well as the traditions and attire that embrace the adaptability of cultures. Wedding ceremonies in black Southern African cultures are significant gatherings, often with more than one day of celebrations. Isivumelwano looks at the way Southern African cultures have been adapted over the years looking particularly at the amalgamation of African cultural practices and Western white wedding rituals. The show will travel to Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland between 2013 and 2014.

14 May 2013 - 15 June 2013