Monday, December 22, 2008
A superb example of a video poem by someone working across genres, as the artist is a painter and a poet and acted as producer of the video, but not as camera person or editor.
"If Johannesburg is a virus, I was infected a long time ago, and negotiating and challenging the virus is what interests me, and therein lies the intimacy." (South African contemporary artist Stephen Hobbs)Through their common theme, these short video 'gasps' or 'breaths' of South African cities give voice to the private dreams and nightmares of local poets, dancers, performance artists and filmmakers. They interrogate, with or against rational logic, the way South Africans understand their cities and urban life. Rebellious in their nature, under 4 minutes each, the films represent a genre seldom seen in South African film and television. "Inspiring, sometimes beautiful, sometimes challenging, and over-all very impressive." (Trevor Steele-Taylor, Director of the National Arts Festival Film Programme)