Update: the original post was done with difficulty from my iPhone. I’ve now fixed some of the terrible little problems. Sorry.
We’re going to the Vienice Biennale. How nice. First time we’ve been officially invited in 18 years. Pity then that our participation has been ruined by a quagmire of scandal. The story, as I understand it, is that SA is officially invited by the Biennale. Without announcing this to the public and inviting artists to submit proposals, our Department of Arts and Culture appointed Monna Mokoena, a commercial gallerist, as the commissioner – here lies a conflict of interest. Mokoena owns MOMO gallery in Parktown North. He appointed Thembinkosi Goniwe as curator. Nobody knows how but two artists from Mokoena’s stable are of the four selected to represent South Africa. They are Lyndi Sales and Mary Sibande. Both are great artists. The third is Siemon Allen who often exhibits at Mokoena’s gallery. The fourth was Zwelethu Mthethwa but he has since pulled out. Apparently he isn’t happy with the process and its lack of transparency.
I’ve been reading all about it on SA Art Times. There is a lot of anger amongst the members of the art world. And it seems that DAC has tried to hide it’s mismanagement. Mokoena is called Lethole Mokoena on a web announcement. Lethole is one of Monna’s names, yet he is known as Monna. Why do that?
What, one wonders, do the officials at the Biennale think of these kindergarten tactics?
Very embarrassing for us, I’d say.
I’ve recently uploaded the twitter app onto my new iphone. Before, I was browsing and twittering occasionally at my desk. I am now officially hooked.
Twitter can be funny, a great source for stories, (some boring tweets), and social interaction for wasting away spare time. It can also be intimidating. Some of the the twitterers I follow are so damn smart. Their sharp, sometimes barbed comments sparkle delightfully on my tweetline. Take @Rubygold who tweets up a storm. This morning he quipped, “6969 please nobody else follow”.
Since that tweet he has more followers.
Simon Pegg, that English tv chap, has more than a million followers. Now I mention Simon not because I am that keen on his tweets – there is too much marketing of his work going on – but because he has written a wonderful piece on tweeting for New Statesman. That same issue which features Hugh Grant’s piece, The Bugger, bugged, about his secretly taped chat with Paul McMullen. McMullen is one of the hacks who have “blown the whistle on the full extent of phone-hacking at [News of the World]“.
Jemima Khan guest-edited this issue of New Statesman and focused on freedom of information and free speech.
Back to @simonpegg. He writes about how followers are found. Of course consistently tweeting will get you a following of sorts. Then entering the twittersphere with an established celebratory status will get you immediate sign-ups. But says Simon “”followership” must be earned and even if you are a known quantity, not bringing your A-game to the t(w)able can retroactively damage your credibility in the real world. The offender is demythologised, revealing the mundanity at his/her core and as such is unceremoniously “unfollowed”.”
So when you lose a follower know that you need to up your game. Be cleverer. Consistently tweet 140 clever, artful words.
And if you’re not up to it, know that at least your family loves you.
Today in The Times Andrea Spath pointed out and reminded us of the arguments against fracking in the Karoo. Read it here if you haven’t already. Friday night in Cape Town Lewis Pugh (a.k.a. the Human Polar Bear) spoke passionately about the proposed fracking for gas in the Karoo, by Shell. I’ve pasted his speech at the bottom of this blog. But also on the subject, is a raging debate at The Daily Maverick. Ivo Vegter yesterday posted a piece on the matter. He debunks, very strongly, the arguments against fracking. Have a read of that too.
Here is Pugh: Read More…
On Saturday nigth at SA Fashion Week I sat opposite Abigail Betz. She looked very unhappy and twittered about this throughout the shows I watched. I tried to capture her on my iPhone but the lighting was too bad. The Times published a story about what she had to say and then yesterday she released this release.
at the abigail betz house of couture we believe in striving to achieve excellence, more than that we pride ourselves in bringing forth the highest quality of art and fashion within the realm of couture as well as the ready-to-wear fashion industry within south africa and beyond. our focus is to positively endorse superb creation on all platforms regarding both our own items as well as the creations of other designers and artists, but also to express fair, just and unbiased opinions & constructive criticism of those we share this platform with. Read More…