From performance art to gallery openings, from music and dance to theatre and design, this is the place to stay abreast of what’s happening in the world of the arts. Posts on events, interesting personalities, and commentary on funding and opportunities. This is the State of the Arts.

May 2013
13

Walking in Nirox

  This isn’t an art review. I generally don’t review art. I simply look at it – or listen, feel, smell, whatever the case may be.     Sometimes I appreciate it, sometimes it doesn’t work for me at all. It certainly isn’t my job to make an artist feel good about their work. That’s their job. If they don’t feel good about it, then they have done something wrong or the work...
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May 2013
1

Fastest Film Ever

  It’s the 21st century. Time means money, stories are stale and the South African film industry is riddled with Apartheid flicks and poo jokes. This is according to a team of SA film makers embarking on a challenge to break the world record of the fastest film ever made, from script to screen. Now if you've ever entered some sort of sports competition... This is nothing like that. These people will have to...
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Apr 2013
16

A Facial Expression

Ryan Hewett has an amazing ability. He seems to avoid overly narrative and unnecessary elements in his portraits, which leaves you with an unnerving feeling of raw confrontation, as if you've walked into a private conversation, and now things are rather... awkward. Somehow his portraits are staring at you with an intentness; as if they know exactly what you're thinking. Emerging from the canvas is a person with a story to tell, which...
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Mar 2013
19

25 Years of Dance Umbrella

Showcasing some of South Africa's hidden talent is the annual Dance Umbrella festival. In the midst of SA's very small and tough arts industry, the festival has managed to survive for 25 years with its oh-so-avant-garde performances and brilliantly colourful concepts. Last year, as a giant leap of faith, Dance Forum, the managing company, pitched to be part of the Arts Alive festival and won. A major help in the funding...
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