Very excited about being among the list of super contributors for the inaugural issue of CIRCUS.

The launch evening [which is tonight] will also play host to the screening of CUSS webisode 4 after which I will play a set of wonky novelist tunes for CCTV a a new art space called King Kong in New Doornfontein - Johannesburg.


CIRCUS presents a playful and cheeky presentation of significant Joburg-based practitioners, in dialogue with themselves and the scene. Combining low-fi ‘TV’, interactive sound installation, dead tech slide show and experimental radio, CIRCUS borrows from the past, teasing out the new and the old, the digital and the analogue. It speaks to the centre and the periphery, and explores new spaces both in the physical and the virtual sense.

The first edition of 250 is designed by Anna Busdiecker (Berlin) and the cover is printed by master printers, Mark Thomann (Berlin) and Fananathi Media (Johannesburg).

Contributors include:
Lerato Bereng, Kemang wa Lehulere, Thenjiwe Nkosi, Reneilwe Mathibe, Malose Kadromatt Malahlela, Kim Gurney, Thato Mogotsi (with Kutloano Moagi) Rangoato Hlasane (with Fananathi Media), Mathoto Matsetela, Molemo Moiloa, CUSS Collective, Kim Gurney (with Elgin Rust), Anna Busdiecker & Mark Thomann and Vuyolwethu Seripe. The contributions span fiction, profiles, essays, scripts, Q & A’s, photo essays and speculations that are simultaneously playful and profound.

Support for this issue is provided by; Pro Helvetia, Stevenson Johannesburg, Chimurenga and Chemosol through placement of ‘ads’.

Buy your copy of CCTV at:
Keleketla! Library (1st Floor, The Drill Hall, 14-16 Twist Street, Joubert Park – admin@keleketla.org – 011 333 1112
Stevenson (62 Juta Street, Braamfontein – jhb@stevenson.info – 011 326 0034/41)
VANSA (1st Floor, King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein ¬– info@vansa.co.za – 011 614 8526).

You can also get the tickets from the following people: Rangoato Hlasane 078 764 4741, Malose Malahlela 073 548 9441, Mathoto Matsetela 072 695 4770 and Zamani Xolo 074 274 2419.

VISIT cctvzine.tumblr.com”

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Michael McGarry


The exhibition will also see the launch of a new publication, Chocolate City, focusing on the once-substantial African diasporic merchant-class community in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. In Guangzhou, a 10 square kilometer area was given the name ‘Chocolate City’ by local taxi drivers due to its large concentration of African migrants. According to official statistics, from 2003 the number of Africans in Guangzhou grew at 30 to 40% annually, and by 2008 there were approximately 100 000 people in the community. Today, following restrictions on visas coupled with raids by immigration agents supported by city police, the African population in Guangzhou is perhaps closer to 20 000 people. These hail chiefly from Nigeria, Guinea, Cameroon, Liberia, Togo, Benin and Mali, with Nigerians comprising the majority of the population. African merchants visit China to trade - to buy DVDs, textiles, shoes and clothing for resale in their home countries. Due to the restrictions of a 30-day visa, high travel costs and the need to remain in Guangzhou, many Africans are left with little choice but to overstay their visas. They are declared by Chinese authorities as ‘triple illegal persons’ - illegal to enter the country, illegal to reside in the country, illegal to work in the country. The Chocolate City publication presents an idiosyncratic and epistemological response to, and manipulation of, the given subject - questioning the inherent logic and assumptions of documentary photography and portraiture, and opening the frame to fiction, conjecture and recreation. The publication will be available in standard and limited editions.”

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In observing the fast paced music played in fast food outlets, recordings were made and then slowed down. 
The result? Demonic sounding remixes of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” amongst other popular radio hits.”

work by sa designer and maker of things michelle son. simple, curious and fun.

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I found this RON EGLASH talk on TED for novelist on my favourite fashionista’s blog link Shala Monroque - editor at large at POP magazine

Fractals are a mathematical set and observation. As far as I can make out it’s a whole image, design or shape made up millions of the same or similar shape.

The feature of “self-similarity”, for instance, is easily understood by analogy to zooming in with a lens or other device that zooms in on digital images to uncover finer, previously invisible, new structure. If this is done on fractals, however, no new detail appears; nothing changes and the same pattern repeats over and over, or for some fractals, nearly the same pattern reappears over and over.”

Its like a god default-design tool and has been used for a bunch living things on planet earth. Man has taken this cue to self organise, educate, chronicle history, design, entertain, socialise and more. Since Africans are the first citizens and developed the first of earth’s civilisations this mathematics was first successfully used here. watch an enlightening talk on TED about the man obsessed with this African Mathematics and as result african alt narratives. so novel.


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