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Time travelling with William Kentridge

first_imgBy Alexandra Dodd27 February 2015Quick quick. Tick tock. The time has come. It is 8:25 pm. Wine must be gulped and put aside at the door as we file in to the hall and take our seats in rows of old metal-framed, fold-down chairs with wooden armrests. The dress rehearsal for the South African debut of William Kentridge’s immersive multimedia chamber opera, Refuse the Hour, is about to begin.The faded Edwardian grandeur of Cape Town’s City Hall forms an ideal backdrop for the Constructivist stage set with its archival hues and didactic slogans: “argument against authority”; “give us back our sun”; “talking against thinking”. The giant pipes of the old organ rise up over an assembly of musical contraptions, bicycle wheels and megaphones, mechanised drums and other mysterious paraphernalia. We have entered the laboratory of the mad professor in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and we are about to witness an unorthodox experiment.It begins with drumbeats from above – a theatrical flourish, the primal heartbeat, relentless knocking on an unopened door. It begins with a story inside a story; an eight- year-old boy is travelling on a train with his father. His father tells him a tale. It is the myth of Perseus and it has a cruel ending. It is unjust, but inevitable, irreversible. It sets in motion a lifetime of fevered questioning – interrogations concerning the nature of being in time and the inescapable pressure that time exerts on the living. The boy is William – the man we know as Kentridge. And so begins 80 minutes of ecstatic journeying inside the frenetic mind of a creative titan.Sonic and visual languageThe project grew out of a series of ongoing conversations with Peter Galison, a Harvard professor in the history of science and physics, and wrestles with the idea of time moving in a single direction. For physics it can go both ways. The production explores these ideas about the reversal, compression and repetition of time in sonic and visual language.The auditory aspect is a revelation – transporting the archival bent in Kentridge’s oeuvre into the realm of the futuristic. The ether is abuzz with strange sonic glitches and blips, as echoes are compressed, words reversed, emitted sounds sucked back in on themselves. We are caught somewhere between frequencies on an old transistor radio, picking up the spatial feedback of the universal archive.Of course, the stars and cosmos have always been there in Kentridge’s work, but now an electrifying outward-bound sense of the Russian space station accompanies his backward gaze at the failed utopian thrust of the Constructivists. There is this sense of moving both back and forward – no risk of nostalgia.Each scene introduces a new thought, a fresh philosophical proposition, and each deserves its own chapter. One such goosebump-inducing moment is the dialectical duet between opera singer and member of the Soweto Gospel choir Ann Masina and sonic glitch artist Joanna Dudley, who is from the Berlin contemporary modernist music scene. There is nothing to prepare one for this strange, alluring dialogue about the birth and death of sound and other things.Gifted shapeshifterRefuse the Hour is a deeply collaborative, multi-vocal production with many layers, many actions and images colliding on the stage at once. It includes dance, performed and choreographed by gifted shapeshifter Dada Masilo, an original score by Philip Miller (who takes to the stage in one hauntingly tender scene, blowing into a plaintive melodica or mouth organ), video by wizard cutter Catherine Meyburgh, mechanical sculptures made in collaboration with Sabine Theunissen, vocal performance and narration.If you returned to see it several times, each time you’d emerge having resonated with different aspects of the performances, previously unseen shards of the action. Its themes are timeless and also, somehow, pressingly of this moment, triggering a panoply of associations.Some of the connections it called to mind were Achille Mbembe’s meditations on the postcolony as an “interlocking of . multiple durees made up of discontinuities, reversals, inertias and swings that overlay one another”; photographer Cedric Nunn’s current exhibition, Unsettled: One Hundred Years War of Resistance by Xhosa Against Boer and British; the time catastrophe, tidal-wave scene in the film, Interstellar (2014); the brilliant androgynous vision of linked lives across time in the filmic adaptation (2012) of David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas (2004) – but, most presciently, the paradoxically generative idea of the all-consuming force of the black hole which is also at the centre of The Theory of Everything, the Stephen Hawking biopic for which Eddie Redmayne has just taken home an Oscar.From cropped Soviet haircuts to screenprinted aprons, overalls, workerist denim dresses, Cape minstrel fezzes, and the bold black-and-white lines of Xhosa dress design, the costumes by Greta Goris are a swoon-worthy evocation of this mesmerising postcolonial account of time.‘Perceptive by feeling’Refuse the Hour has aptly been described as “an aesthetic and philosophical stage dream”. The word “aesthetic” was appropriated into German in the 18th century and adopted into English in the early 19th, from the Greek aisthētikos, which means “perceptive by feeling”. But the term has had a contested history in Western philosophy, coming, ironically, to be applied to the disinterested, distanced, rational act of good judgment about art and the beauties of nature. Phansi to that!Refuse the Hour is a profoundly “aesthetic” production in the original sense of the word in that it gives audiences an immediate, pulsing physical sense of what it feels like to perceive – to know by feeling, to understand through and by the senses. It hijacks the term back from its aloof Kantian deployment and gives it back its social, economic and political potency – its potential for human awakening. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained, transmitted, made real through the beating, flickering, thumping and soaring effects of sound and light. It is a work made by bodies to be felt and understood in the body – both in the intimacy of our own bodies and in the charged political spaces between them.This review originally appeared on the Design Indaba website. It is republished here with kind permission.Refuse the Hour is a theatrical accompaniment to a five-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time (made in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison), presented by the Goodman Gallery at the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town from February to June 2015.last_img read more

Vacancies: STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP MANAGER: GOVERNMENT

first_imgBRAND SOUTH AFRICABrand SA aims to contribute to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) by undertaking coordinated initiatives to build South Africa’s reputation and contribute to the country’s global competitiveness. It also aims to inspire and instill pride and patriotism amongst South Africans and to drive active citizenrySTRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP MANAGER: GOVERNMENTREF: SRM: G001SALARY: R662, 857 – R805 299 (CTC) To manage and influence relationships with key stakeholders prioritised in the strategic plan to promote the Brand SA’s branding and communications objectives in partnership with these stakeholders, to external audiences. To play a key programme manager role in the definition and delivery of projects through obtaining the brief, needs and expectations of the stakeholders and ensuring they are effectively addressed in the roll-out plan facilitated by Brand SA and through efficiently leveraging stakeholder resources. The programme manager is the main Brand SA custodian of the relationship with the stakeholder to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the collaborations.Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science / Economics / Sales and Marketing / Business ManagementPreferred: Postgraduate degree in Political Science / Economics / Sales and Marketing / Business Management (e.g. MBA)5+ years combined experience in marketing, communications, public relations, stakeholder relations, (account management) at a senior levelTrack record of successfully brokering / negotiating collaborations and joint ventures in a highly political / pressured environmentKey Performance Areas:Contribute to the development of the overall stakeholder management strategyEstablish the correct networks and channels and provide input on portfolio priorities, plans and budgets.Feed market insights into the overall knowledge management system.Contribute to the development of programme specific projects and initiativesWith reference to the Brand SA business plan and signed MOU’s with priority stakeholders, unpack, research and workshopThis would also involve ongoing press briefings, speech writing and setting the sceneSell the project / initiative / campaign plan for buy-in and approval (sign off) with the stakeholder priority base (levels, locations, platforms, decision-makers, beneficiariesSell the project / campaign / initiative to the relevant stakeholder bases and decision-makers / beneficiaries to ensure buy-in in terms of the content, tone, roll-out mechanism(s), budget, audience target(s), collaborative ownership, time lines and output.Facilitate and manage the stakeholder relationships in the delivery of the projects/ campaign / initiative plansFacilitate, drive, and maintain the established relationships with key stakeholders on the signed-off projectsThis also involves, on occasion, actual organising and delivery of meetings, events and functions.Compliance, monitoring and reportingMonitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder-implemented initiatives (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly reportingTo scan the wider public policy environment to identify and exploit opportunities for future work where supportive of the strategic aims of Brand SARequired Skills, Competencies and Attributes:Strategic abilityConsultativePresentation skillsMedia managementPublic relationsMarketing skillsNegotiation skillsStakeholder managementPlanning abilityResults oriented (output driven)Follow-through abilityWillingness to work extended hoursPerform under pressureNetworking abilityPersuasive, Service orientedlast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp tells Sir Alex: What’s a perch?

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp tells Sir Alex: What’s a perch?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ducked claims of the club being “back on our perch”.Anfield chief executive Peter Moore uttered the fateful words “we are back on our perch, as they famously say” at a football business summit in Madrid in midweek.That refers to the rivalry with Mamchester United, and Sir Alex Ferguson’s notorious comment that “my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f****** perch”.“No, absolutely no extra pressure. Not at all. I heard about it but I don’t even understand about perch so for me it is not a big thing to be honest,” Klopp said.“We are all adults and we say things and sometimes people have to deal with things that I say, and in this case people seem to think I have to deal with things Peter said.“But I’m not angry about him. I like Peter. He said that and for me it is nothing because I don’t even know the word perch. It is no problem at all.“If people come to me constantly and tell me ‘are you still on the perch or not?’ I still won’t understand what the word perch means!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN’s Poll Reveals Alabama Perceived As College Football’s Best Coaching Job

first_imgESPN SportsNation poll about the best college football coaching job.It’s always fun to debate which college football program is the most prestigious in the country. There are a number of ways to measure such an honor, including determining which head coaching job is the most coveted in the country. We went through and named our 16 most desirable head coaching gigs this past November. This week, ESPN asked the general public to chime in.In an ESPN SportsNation poll, Alabama was voted as the best coaching job in college football. The Crimson Tide received 35% of the vote, ahead of No. 2 Ohio State by a decent margin. Texas and USC came in third and fourth, though, to be fair, there were only four teams listed. “Other” took home 26% of the vote.Fans in specific regions made it clear that they believe their program should have been listed. It’s obvious that supporters of Oregon, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida and Florida State felt that they should have been options as well. ESPNESPNDo you agree with the poll? Is Alabama really the best job in the country, or has Nick Saban’s success made it that way?last_img read more

Wan Hai Lines Pens Construction Deals for 20 Boxships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wan Hai Lines Taiwanese container shipping company Wan Hai Lines has signed the contracts for the construction of 20 container vessels with Japan Marine United Corporation and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co., part of China Shipbuilding Trading Company.The contract includes eight 3,036 TEU container vessels that will be built by JMU and twelve 2,038 TEU containerships the construction of which has been entrusted to GWS.“This new shipbuilding contract is the company’s latest fleet renewal plan, so as to ensure that the company’s vessel fleet is able to maintain competitive and support continuous market development,” the company said.Under the contract, Wan Hai has the option to order additional four 3,036 TEU vessels within 6 months and four 2,038 TEU vessels within 3 months.The newbuild boxships are set to start delivery in the end October 2020 continuing into January 2021.Currently, Wan Hai Lines operates a fleet of 72 owned vessels and 24 chartered vessels.last_img read more

Young gun firing on all cylinders through first two rounds of Memorial

One of three co-leaders after the first day of action at the Memorial Tournament, PGA rookie Rickie Fowler separated himself from the pack on day two with a round of 66 leaving him 13-under for the tournament.“I just feel really comfortable getting out and seeing my name on top of the leaderboard,” said Fowler. “It’s not making me feel much nerves at all.”Shooting 65-66 for a combined score of 131 through two rounds, Fowler is now tied for the lowest two-round total in Memorial history.Chasing Fowler is yesterday’s co-leader Justin Rose, alone in second at 10-under par and Tim Petrovic and 2002 Memorial champion Jim Furyk tied for third at 9-under.At the rate Fowler is playing, however, it seems as though the 21-year-old cooling off is the only way the field can catch him.“If he goes out and plays well, it will be tough to catch him,” said Furyk. “If he goes and shoots another 6- or 7-under, he’s going to have a huge lead. If he doesn’t, he’ll let some other guys back in the tournament.”Following an opening round 67, Mickelson cooled off in round two, shooting 1-under par, good for a tie for eighth going into the weekend.Defending champ Tiger Woods came out stronger in day two but failed to capitalize on a few good opportunities, leaving him 10 shots off the lead at 3-under par.“I hit more good shots today than I did yesterday and really putted well today,” said Woods of Friday’s performance. “I had five lip-outs today, so it could have been a pretty good number.”The cut for the tournament came at 1-over par, leaving 71 players left to battle it out over the weekend for the 2010 Memorial crown. read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State hopes to avoid threegame losing streak

Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) and sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) defend against a member of South Carolina State’s basketball team during the first half of the game on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter losing two straight games, including Wednesday’s 64-61 defeat to Rutgers, Ohio State is in danger of its first three-game losing streak in the Chris Holtmann era.But the Ohio State head coach said he wasn’t thinking about any added pressure, and neither was freshman guard Duane Washington.“We’re just treating it like every other game,” Washington said. “We’re gonna take the same approach, and we’re gonna go there and we’re gonna do what we gotta do.”To avoid the record losing streak, the Buckeyes go on the road to face Iowa, a team that has won nine of its first 10 games at home.Projected StartersNo. 16 Ohio State (12-3, 2-2 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Keyshawn Woods — Redshirt senior, 7.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.7 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 17.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 apgIowa (13-3, 2-3 Big Ten)G — Jordan Bohannon — Junior, 11.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Isaiah Moss — Redshirt junior, 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Joe Wieskamp — Freshman, 11.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Tyler Cook — Junior, 17.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.7 apgF — Luka Garza — Sophomore, 12.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.9 apg—The Hawkeyes are led by junior forward Tyler Cook, who leads the team with 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.But Cook is not 100 percent for the matchup against Ohio State, with the junior forward missing Iowa’s previous game against Northwestern with a knee injury.Holtmann said, regardless if Cook plays, that the Hawkeyes are not a team defined by any single player.“When you look at their teams in the past is he’s always had really good depth,” Holtmann said. “They’ve got great balance and great depth that’s why it’s hard to key on just one guy.”Iowa is the No. 36 team in the country according to KenPom, and have wins against Iowa State and Nebraska, who, at No. 12 and No. 16, rank ahead of the Buckeyes, who sit at No. 26.The Scarlet Knights found ways to score off a size advantage in the middle. The Hawkeyes work more around the perimeter, shooting 23.1 attempts from 3 per night.However, Iowa also finds a way to the charity stripe 22 times per game, compared to its opponents, who average 11.4 free throw attempts a night.The 463 free-throw attempts this season is No. 1 in the NCAA.“In order to get to the line, I think you have to have seekers and not avoiders, and they have big-bodied seekers that are seeking contact, guards that are seeking contact,” Holtmann said. “They’re getting to the line better than anybody in the country.”No. 16 Ohio State takes on Iowa on the road at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Baker Institute expert available to comment on proposed marijuana decriminalization in Harris

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid [email protected] [email protected] Institute expert available to comment on proposed marijuana decriminalization in Harris CountyHOUSTON – (Oct. 15, 2014) – Policy proposals for how to prosecute low-level, nonviolent drug offenders are receiving significant and important attention in the race for Harris County district attorney, according to a drug policy expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityKatharine Neill, the Baker Institute’s Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy, said that both Republican incumbent Devon Anderson and Democratic challenger Kim Ogg have unveiled timely plans to improve current law and decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Neill is available to comment on the merits and implications of their plans.“Both programs are improvements on current policies that subject all marijuana offenders to probation, a criminal record and possible jail time,” Neill said. The programs align with the larger marijuana legalization debate at the state level, she said. “In Texas, there are marijuana decriminalization and medical marijuana legalization bills to be introduced in the 2015 legislative session. While there is support among some legislators for marijuana reform, it is too early to tell whether we can hope for a decriminalization bill to pass in the upcoming session. Such a bill certainly faces significant opposition, even if such opposition stems mostly from re-election concerns.”In the meantime, local law enforcement can take steps to bring change, Neill said. “Anderson’s new policy and Ogg’s proposed one are both examples of how the DA can use discretion to enforce current laws,” she said. “That said, neither is a substitution for statewide decriminalization.”To interview Neill, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute Drug Policy Program via Twitter @BakerDrugPolicy.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Neill biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/katharine-neill.Baker Institute Drug Policy Program: http://bakerinstitute.org/drug-policy-program.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

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