All posts tagged: Pan African Space Station

Through Hallett’s Eyes: SA jazz, art, and African literature

“To look, until seeing… but seeing by way of retrieval, of resurging images, buried in unconscious memory. This is the undefined space where, one day, the archival nature of George Hallett’s photography revealed itself. Immersed in a combination of visual, graphic, and textual elements, there they were, all along, rubbing shoulders with other iconic images, giving texture to some of the famous anti-Apartheid screen-prints created by Gavin Jantjes. Somehow, this passive act of reconnection triggered a chain reaction, bringing back images encountered in a number of books decades earlier…” These first lines from Christine Eyene’s essay, “George Hallett: the making of an archive”*, retrace the process of remembering images by the South African photographer, encountered during teenage years and revisited decades later in the context of academic research. For the last instalment of Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station at The Showroom, Eyene will discuss new elements of her research on Hallett’s portraits of South African exiles, African writers and the diaspora, the re/production of these images for the covers of the seminal Heinemann’s African Writers …

PASS @ The Showroom

Christine Eyene will take part in PASS, Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station radio hosted in The Chimurenga Library, a project co-curated by Chimurenga, The Otolith Collective and The Showroom. The two conversations will focus on Cameroon’s Bikutsi music (Sat 10 Oct), looking at the origins of the genre, its message and style, its influence in the formation of cultural identity, as well as pioneering figures like Los Camaroes / Messi Martin, Georges Seba, Sellsa, Ange Ebogo Emerent, Les Têtes Brûlées which style revolutionised the genre, new wave of singers like Mani Bella, and traces of Bikutsi in Cameroonian Hip Hop. Eyene will also discuss her research on South African photographer George Hallett (Sun 11 Oct) and his documentation of South African exile in London, Jazz musicians and African literature; a research linked to her collaboration to the Making Histories Visible project at the University of Central Lancashire. PASS live broadcasting programme of music, interviews and events with Chimurenga collaborators at The Showroom features musicians, journalists, writers, curators and filmmakers including: 

sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, The Otolith Collective, Chimurenga, …

Têtes Brûlées and Bikutsi

Curator Christine Eyene and music journalist, author and filmmaker Blaise Ndjehoya discuss Bikutsi music as part of the Pan African Space Station POP-UP radio hosted by Fondation Cartier during the Nomadic Nights programmed alongside the exhibition “Beauté Congo – 1926-2915 – Congo Kitoko”, curated by André Magnin. This conversation follows from the exhibition “All Of Us Have A Sense Of Rhythm” developed by Eyene as part of the Curators’ Series # 8 at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, (June-Aug. 2015). The project drew from the cultural heritage of Bikutsi to explore rhythmic sources in material, immaterial and performative productions within traditional and contemporary African cultures, and their legacy in mainstream cultures. Bikutsi, meaning ‘Beat the Earth’ or ‘Smash the Ground’ in Ewondo (Cameroon), is a fast pace percussive genre using balafons (African xylophones) that emerged in the 1940s. In their discussion Eyene and Ndjehoya will look at the origins of the genre, its message and style, its influence in the formation of cultural identity, as well as its pioneering figures including Los Camaroes / Messi …