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(rhythmanalysis) from within, without and against

November 1, 2017 till October 1, 2017

rhythmanalysis at The Orbit

From 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2001 Johannesburg, Gauteng

“Rhythm is a destabilising force, a form of resistance against disciplining social structures and knowledge boundaries and a tool for rethinking and re-applying the everyday.”

POOL is testing this potential of rhythm as a tool for artistic production and thinking, unfolding artistic and institutional practice as a rhythmic organising form and propositioning it with contrasting cycles, pulsations, utterances, mobilities and readings.

A major field of practice around counter-rhythms is jazz, a simultaneous form and platform for re-negotiating realities, resistance, world making and collaboration.

Acknowledging that the South African art world has very few spaces for collaborative art making, thinking and curating, POOL looks towards jazz as a form that embodies improvisation and risk-taking as a methodological starting point.

Jazz is a form of liveness that expects and produces negotiations between various players “on the spot”, so to speak.

In October and November 2017 (rhythmanalysis) from within, without and against convenes jazz musicians Kesivan Naidoo (RSA) and Silo Andrian (MAD) as well as South African artists Nelisiwe Xaba, MADEYOULOOK, Naadira Patel, and Eduardo Cachucho to inhabit Henri Lefebvre’s proposition of the “rhythmanalyst”, a figure that is “capable of listening to a house, a street, a town, as one listens to a symphony opera”.

This project will commission new artistic works that respond to the political, social and collaborative potentials of rhythm. The work will be presented in a series of public moments and will include a programme dispersed throughout Johannesburg. The programme will be supplemented with workshops, film screenings, live jazz performances and readings.