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    Swap Space | March-April 2022

     

    …an ephemeral space to gather thoughts & notes

     

    Swap Space is a pilot project at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz that focuses on novel forms of collaborative artistic research in which otherness, difference and distance between the participants are central and are brought into a cohesive form via the concept of the spatial. Selected questions and previously sketched procedures are an important part of Swap Space and will be tested for their validity and feasibility in a time-limited experiment among six artists and researchers as a proof-of-concept. Thus, on the one hand, the pilot project provides important data and preliminary results, sets the course and ensures that the future project design is viable. On the other hand, swap space takes up new decisive impulses for thought—such as the concept of contact—the elaboration of which aims to determine the form of a multi-year research project. -via Swap Space on Research Catalogue

     

    question by Hanns: How can a group of artists form an entity similar to the question posed in How are clouds formed”? 

     

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    Etching workshop

     

     

    1. Copper plates
    • 10 pieces
    • Diameter- 15cm, Thickness- 1.5mm
    • Diameter- 30cm, Thickness- 1.5mm
    • LXW- 30x30cm, Thickness- 1.5mm
    • LXW- 15x15cm, Thickness- 1.5mm

    Location: Kens Metal Industries Ltd- Enterprise Road, Industrial area More…

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    Site Visit

    Site Visit, 2020 © Jackie Karuti

     

     

     

    “Jackie Karuti constructs her practice in the in-between space of stillness and movement. It is within these moments of stillness that we can begin to think about how to move, how fast we will travel, where we will go and whether we choose to journey individually, collectively or a combination of both. Often assembling numerous drawings, objects and sometimes her body, she moves through complex conceptual territory, but never quite reveals the final destination. She allows others to join her movement in the tools she provides, but does not force you to utilize them…”

     

    Read full text by Wanja Kimani & Jackie Karuti here

     

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    Fossils (or the movement of an image across a field of memory)

    
    
    
    
    
    by Jonathan Gathaara Sölanke Fraser

     

     

     

     

     

    an illustration of time.

     

     

     

    My late aunt and uncle’s house is a bungalow with a wide base. A low and wide house in whose living room I listened to Coldplay’s Speed of Sound for the first time as a young boy. It is a very vivid memory that has made itself at home in a portion of my personal history. The rising first two seconds of the song are like the sound of a gong played in reverse, a gradual focusing of sound that becomes a repeated melody carried throughout the song. Then follows a ray of light splayed across the ceiling from the windscreen of a car outside. The light is adamant about maintaining a non-shape but I can see the edges of a spider’s messy web in there and as it moves from one end to another, it becomes the migratory routes of some animal, a mass of scar tissue, a tangle of cells beneath a microscope’s lens, water. And then it is gone.

     

    Memory is subjective and so exists outside of time. The concept of time within the confines of memory is much more pliable and so the two seconds of condensing sound is stretched to absurd limits and the momentary glance of light on the ceiling lasts a lifetime.

     

    a far away house in the bundus1

     

    I am on my way through dirt and distance to visit the artist Jackie Karuti. She has been living at Neo Musangi’s2 home on the periphery of the Nairobi National Park for what will become two months as a sort of artist residency. Karuti makes work around the idea of the alternative, the imagined-made-real and the inhabitants of many worlds.

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    What else can a photograph be?

    by Jackie Karuti

     

    In a conversation with Bob Nickas for Interview magazine, Nikas comments on Wolfgang Tillmans’s work by saying that it seeks to answer the basic question, [1]What else can a photograph be? This question also describes the thoughts I had when I first encountered Tillmans’s work. Taking it as a starting point, I will first frame it by referencing work by several Kenyan artists whose approach towards working through lens-based media seeks to address this question.

     

    In his series [2]Undefined Constructions, James Muriuki observes a city whose architectural landscape is rapidly changing. Buildings under construction soar while swathed in brown tarp and multi-level scaffolding. The increase in seemingly misplaced high-rise buildings in Nairobi interrupts a skyline that is also scarred with brutalist, colonial era and Kikuyu-Gothic[3] architecture. In this regard, Muriukis work presents a reading of the city by questioning how sites of construction were determined and what purposes they might have served in the past. More…