05 / Pleasure to Meet You
leds, aluminum, glass
2m x 4m
When you go back in time, the past becomes your future. When you go forward in time, the future becomes the past.
Heterotopias are spaces that disrupt the continuity and normality of common everyday places, places removed from the evenly spaced movement of time. They may juxtapose past with present, future with present, or overlap meaning and relationships in a way that challenges or subverts our impression and experience of the prevailing social context. The moment when a mirror reflects our image it acts as such a space.
A virtual space exists between utopia and heterotopia where one is able to exist in simultaneity. The artists ask the viewer, ‘if they have met themselves yet?’ The mirror becomes a portal creating an otherworldliness from which to consider our present self.
Pleasure to Meet You is currently exhibited at The Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town. It is a part of a group show title Still Here Today to High Five You Yesterday curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Precious Mhone.
04 / Forever Film
Music by Thokozani Mhlambi
What if, on this night, an angel were to delve after you, into your loneliest loneliness, and say,
izulu liyabona - the heavens watch you, as you watch the heavens
look to a puddle, to see the skies
consider that the life you are living, is living you too
it has begun and ended. it won’t stop or start
you will send a prayer up and receive doors down
the doors are open - ivulekile iminyango
uyophelalaphi - where will you end up
zimile - they stand
until when - kuze kubenini
kude kubekuna phakade - forever
izimiselo, zikamdali - on the foundations of the Creator
The Forever Film is currently exhibited at The Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town. It is a part of a group show title Still Here Today to High Five You Yesterday curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Precious Mhone.
03 / The Dual Door
leds, aluminum channel, cable
3m x 1.5m
The Dual Door is a set of two light sculptures that will be placed in conversation with each other at the lower and upper parts of the Nirox river.
A door, to the duo, represents a choice. “Choice, by nature, requires a person to select one option over another; front or back? Forwards or backwards? Pink or orange? A or B?” By consisting of two opposing colours of light, facing in opposing directions The Dual Door stands as an experience of ‘both and’. It faces both forward and backward. It is both pink and orange. The light it is made of is both a wave and a particle.
As part of The Power of Site exhibition the duo sought to allow visitors a unified experience of duality. By confounding the traditional conception of binary based decision making they offer the potential for an alternative, harmonised embodied learning.
The Dual Doors were first exhibited in the Nirox Sculpture Park exhibition called The Power of Site, curated in collaboration by Lorena Guillen-Vaschetti and Adam Jeppensen May - July 2019.
02 / The Four Doors
leds, aluminum channel, cable
56m x 3m
The Four Doors is a large scale light art installation that spans the width of the Spier dam. By using the simplest means of light and reflection the doors creates subtly complex perceptual effects. In these sculptures a phenomenological experience of architectural space takes place provoking the viewer into an internal dialogue between mind and body. We hope that the lines of light promotes a heightened sensitivity to the experience of stillness in relation to the fleeting passage of time.
The Four Doors were first exhibited in the Spier Festival of Light Art 2018. Curated by Vaughn Sadie, Nadja Daehnke and Jay Pather.
01 / Folded Skies
glass, mild steel
1.8m ø; 1.8m ø and 1.5m ø
The light in South Africa feels as if something is almost always about to burst, about to happen. For an instant, a drop of sky lands in the landscape, creating a portals into the skies – each an instant in time of our sky. Our installation captures colours of the South African skies – Sunrise, Midday, Sunset and Midnight. We are inspired by the iridescent light of our cities and landscapes – sometimes the iridescence is heightened by the chemical compounds in our cities’ mining soils. We worked with the same pigment compounds (copper, aluminium, cobalt, ferrous) from these soils to create instances of these South African skies – a snapshot of light conditions at different times of the day. The shapes fold light, perspective and earth into each other, borrowing and disrupting the horizon line as divider between the above and below into a slice of experience of the sky at different moments in the day. Light folds on the reflective faces of the disks in the landscape, producing a blurred enmeshing of up and down, inside and outside, real and unreal.
The Folded Skies were first exhibited at the Spier Festival of Light Art 2018, in collaboration with Stay Evil Kids and Counterspace. Curated by Vaughn Sadie, Nadja Daehnke and Jay Pather.