“…the honest truth, insofar as this suggests absolute fidelity to historical fact, is inaccessible…. for memory cannot do the necessary work independently of fantasy…” — Frank Kermode
Johannesburg. in a nut shell
Drawing on alternate printing techniques on new media and the ever inspirational anthem by Katrina and the Waves these tiles are guaranteed to to put a spring in your step...and don't it feel good?
Walking over hot coals, whether using mind over matter or pure adrenalin, supposedly bestows one with an invigorated belief in ones abilities and self reliance. It is thought that by inventing an anchor for this achievement one can summon this feeling of power, at will, during ones day to day challenges....What better way to affirm yourself daily than by symbolically re-enacting this ritual every time you cross your front door threshold!
Everyone needs some luck sometimes, this is my answer to all our ever elusive genies. Made to Order. Price on request.
When it does snow in Johannesburg, you're lucky if you can collect one snowball. This was different, this felt like real snow, the kind that compacts with a squeak underfoot. This is Joburg, other-worldly-unreal, hard and cold, but soft, delicate and just a little pretty !
“Johannesburg has its own set of rules and rhythm that brings the city to life – one where buildings are torn down and rebuilt, removed completely or extended. But what does Johannesburg’s history mean to its people?"
Fireworks! is an exhibition about burning and wanting to burn. It consolidates issues of sacrifice and letting go, it's a spontaneous eruption to desecrate, to take it all away, to see what's left, to extinguish and to ultimately make room for regeneration and growth.
The Vereniging Drive-in was due to come down on 24 September, 2007. It held out for an extra day refusing to topple.
The re-imagined Ernest Oppenheimer Park is both an active pocket park and a sculpture garden. A wide meandering walkway bissects the park, activating the space with the bustle of people moving between the Rea Vaya Stations on Market and Commissioner and the shops and stalls on Joubert Street.
These slides that we once projected on a now non-existent screen tell their own story of decline and neglect. It took me a while to find the Bethlehem Drive-in. few people even remembered having a Drive-in in Bethlehem.
Given the chance to live in Johannesburg, I decided to investigate the heart of the matter, so to speak, and made the 19th floor of the Lister Medical Building my home. From this vantage point and over more than 12 years I have witnessed and tried to understand and make sense of Johannesburg. Read more...