‘I became a mirror of society’

Controversial German/South African artist Manfred Zylla and Filmfest director Trevor Taylor examined the position of ‘art’ as a method of resistance to coercion by structures of state, religious, financial, censorial and corporate power. Zylla is presenting an exhibition of new work entitled 120 Days of Sodom & Waiting For …, which is inspired by the Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini who was murdered in 1975, the French philosopher/writer the…

‘Push the boundaries’ – Gabriella Razzano

Put in a PAIA application for access to information, lawyer Gabriella Razzano told the Think!Fest audience, the most active thing you can do as a citizen is to push the boundaries of information. In response to a question she said the beauty of a PAIA request is that once you get the information it is…

Work and anti-work

Political theorist Ahmed Variava,sociologist Prishani Naidoo, curator Lerato Bereng and artist Simon Gush discussed the central place of work in our lives and politics and the refusal to do work as a political strategy. They used Gush’s exhibition Nine o’ clock and documentary Red as the departure points for the discussion.

Winter has come!

It’s Winter. It’s Grahamstown. It’s Festival! And where would you rather be than right here, right now? All the plotting and planning since the last time we saw each other, all the conferring and conniving has all come to fruition in this moment as we gather here, right now. This is the place where the…

Sharp tongues, sharper debates: Think!Fest preview

by Nick Mulgrew Cerebral, hard-hitting, and ever so slightly esoteric, Think!Fest returns again this Festival with a programme chock-full of sharp debate and intellectual might. Going with the larger trend at this year’s Festival, Think!Fest’s programme focuses heavily on issues surrounding freedom of expression. The sharp-witted constitutions of Pierre de Vos and Albie Sachs will…

Winter has come!

All the speaker and event details are here: Thinkfest brochure 2015

The Think!Fest 2015 programme is out!

And the big issues this year are: satire, censorship and freedom of expression; access to information; the right to know; secrecy and surveillance and the limits of liberty. We also look at how public-friendly our public spaces are for artists, we trouble race because it troubles us and we ask about the state of the…

The Design Indaba and the Do Tank

  Megan Wolstenholme, the PR, Marketing and Communications Manager for the International Design Indaba, talks about its mission to promote African creativity.

The naked journey: fancy dress in a time of spiritual and mental nakedness

  Miyere old Miyandazi talks about his journey through nine Southern African countries on foot, with no sponsor or money and no passport, his experience of crossing borders using a fingerprint, the most genuine hospitality and support from people of all creeds and colours along the way, as well as violence, kidnapping and detention without…