Between the Silences of Images

Late night in Fatih – Sultanahmet. By Ismail Lagardien (Copyright)

I recently spent about a week in Istanbul. Most of my time was spent visiting installations of the Istanbul Biennale, and two or three other places and art galleries. My favourite gallery, the Istanbul Modern, is being rebuilt, and temporarily housed elsewhere, in Beyoğlu. I am on some deadlines, and in the middle of an especially tough period, but once I emerge, I will collate my thoughts and present them in an essay, with photographs. I will focus, in particular, on some of the ways that art spaces have been inserted into working class areas, and have been part of gentrification – which places inordinate pressure on the poor, refugees, and immigrants. Please check back or sign up for updates. That way you will be notified when the essay is posted.

’n Moegoe gaan na die Istanbul-biënnale en sien net politics

ISMAIL LAGARDIEN bieg dat hy eintlik bitter min van kuns weet, maar wat hy wel weet, is dat die ware Istanbul nie by vanjaar se Biënnale weerspieël word nie. Waar is die oorlog en die opstande? Hy deel van die roerendste werke en oomblikke by dié kunsfees.

EK weet niks van kuns af nie. Oukei, dis nie heeltemal waar nie. Ek weet bitter min van kuns af.As jy met “kuns” bedoel skilder, teken, beeldhouwerk, dinge in ’n tipe formasie (jammer, “installasie”) sit en dit bo-op ‘n staander rangskik sodat mense daarna kan kyk, dan weet ek amper niks nie. Om die waarheid te sê probeer ek nog uitpluis wat die verskil is tussen ‘n triptiek en ‘n dipstiek is.

Op ‘n ernstiger noot: My smaak in kuns is eintlik nogal konserwatief. Dink ek. Die wellustige (walglike) mans in Edgar Degas se werk is prikkelend, en sy gebrek aan respek teenoor vroue is obseen en onverbiddelik, maar hy, en Toulouse-Lautrec, bly maar my gunsteling-skilders.My waardering vir Toulouse-Lautrec se werk het begin met sy skilderye van ikoniese Montmarte-plakkate, en sy spesiale verhouding met Jane Avril, waarskynlik sy grootste inspirasie gedurende die swierige Boheemse 1890’s in Parys.Ek sou graag tydens die Belle Époque in Parys wou gebly het. Dis my poging tot kulturele toeëiening – die danssale, opiumneste, absint en bordele van die Belle Époque. 

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Die dood hang in die lug op die Kaapse Vlakte, maar gee iemand om?

WOENSDAG het ek vriende en familie besoek op die Kaapse Vlakte: van Athlone tot Manenberg, Mitchells Plain tot Delft. Die geluide van die Flats, die gekreun van verbrandingsenjins, die gekraak van eenvoudige skuilings, die skynbaar misplaaste geskreeu van ’n seevoël, die onophoudelike toetgeluide van taxi’s, die reuk van kos, en op plekke die dampe van imbawula, ou verfdromme met gate waarin daar vuur gemaak word om te kook … (Lees Verder)

Books: Between Rock and a Hard Place

I had a brief discussion with, Carsten Rasch, about his memoir, Between Rock and a Hard Place, published by MF Books. Go to THIS LINK to listen to the interview. Follow Carsten on Twitter @RaschCarsten and his website is HERE.

I will write a bit more about the book and the period when I get the time.

Moving into Broadcast Journalism

I have just completed my second brief spell as a talk radio host with Cape Talk. (@CapeTalk) Last night I slipped into the last hour of Lester Kiewit’s show (@lesterkk ).

During this second show I was a little more comfortable, though by no means completely on top of things. I’m still grappling with the formatics, but the production staff at Cape Talk are very sharp and supportive. I always feel like I am in good hands. I’m not sure where it will be heading next. Maybe someday I will get a show of my own. I have a face for radio 🙂

For now, see links, below, for three clips of my second hour on talk radio.

  1. Tech Talk with Nazareen
  2. Sio for the True Music Series
  3. Jed Petersen : UNIT 5