FAINT TESTIMONIES

What are the interrelations between Africa and Europe in World War I? How is Bayreuth involved, which history is told and how many different versions of history exist and how do they influence the future(s)? Ultimately, the project Remembering the Future through World War I poses existential questions about power structures, memory and alternative histories. Download the booklet here.

Booklet Faint Testimonies

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CONCRETE AFFECTION – ZOPO LADY

Get involved with Kiluanji KiaHenda´s poetic video on Angola´s capital Luanda and its concrete manifestations, inspired by Ryszard Kapuscinski´s outstanding novelle Another Day of Life from 1976. What is being left behind? Download the booklet with reflections by Nadine Siegert here.

Booklet Concrete Affection Zopo Lady

AFRICANS IN THE SOVIET UNION

Ever thought about the interrelations of socialist countries in Africa? Get some insights on personal experiences of Africans studying in former socialist countries, their expectations, experiences and impressions below in the booklet to the project Africans in the Soviet Union.

Booklet Africans in the Soviet Union

LET IT RAIN

Up on a neck of a sacred hill known as Njelele is a shrine comprising a level open ground, more or less the size of a basketball pitch, and, by its side, a cave with two chambers . With only two small paths approaching the shrine from opposite directions, the space around is covered by trees and large rocks, making it into an ideal natural sanctuary. It is here at the shrine that on special days during the year, usually in the darkness of night, the people that call to Mwali for rain and fertility gather for that purpose. Having slaughtered an offering bull, they roast the meat and eat it unsalted. Opaque home-brewed beer is shared and some of it is poured
to the ancestors on a rock. The drinking and eating is followed by the beating of drums, singing and dancing, activities that continue to the early hours of the morning.

Tumi Mogorosi’s installation presents an aesthetic response to research material provided by Kupakwashe Mtata. Zooming into rain-making celebrations at the Njelele Shrine in Matobo, Matabeleland in Zimbabwe, his jazz composition enters into a conversation with the rough and shaky visual notes recorded during research trips. Experienced as patterns of images and sound they evoke an atmosphere of anticipation but also of presence, of the “future” being already there. Different spiritual registers are in action such as Metatron, a mythical angel of mediation, and Njelele-based rituals of rain-making which are calling a future into being. The rain asked for here is not necessarily water drops from a cloudy sky but invokes other showers of blessings, too.

 

S.E.F.A.

We are more than happy to announce the performance S.E.F.A. by Nastio Mosquito for our exhibition opening on the 7th of November. Be prepared, that´s one you shouldn´t miss.

S.E.F.A.
Nástio Mosquito
2014
Live Performance
Courtesy Nástio Mosquito ©, Photo by Margaux Kolly ©

“Se Eu Fosse Angolano” (S.E.F.A.) is a conceptual audiovisual / live piece of work that, using contemporary society, draws a distinct tone when approaching, questioning and repositioning the usefulness of identity. All citizens part of “modern societies” on planet Earth, specially the ones living in communities that seek to reinvent themselves after decades of either inner individual conflict or civil blindness, are the target of this project. Not being a happy listen, it is full of hope and ambition for a better and greater future. A future that reaches beyond those nations to the people that make them.

On stage, the challenge of the project is, to bring to life the concept we call “The Deconstruction Of The Legitimacy Syndrome” as well as to have the ultimate standoff between identity and motivation.

Motivation, belief, faith and its tangibility, use and consequence are at the centre of the proposal. If we had a question it would be:

Can you really change a human without interacting, invading, changing what he believes?

At the end of the day it is just a show that through music, poetry, video projections and live performance will race towards the interaction we have with our own relationships, history, emotional ghosts, social celebrations and much more…”

KUPAKWASHE MTATA

Kupakwashe Mtata is a doctoral researcher in Religious Studies working within the “Visions of Nature” sub-project under the auspices of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies. His research focuses on religion and nature by exploring on-going encounters between European colonial and African autochthonous ontological designs of human-environment relations in contemporary Africa, with Matobo National Park of Zimbabwe and its environs as a case study.

TUMI MOGOROSI

Aged 28, SAMA award nominee, Tumi Mogorosi is increasingly building a reputation in the South African jazz scene among the new crop of young jazz musicians. Besides his intermittent formal studies at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) which he completed in 2012, the young drummer has refined his brush strokes alongside prominent South African jazz musicians who count – among trumpeter Feya Faku, bassist Herbie Tsoaeli as well as Andile Yenana.

Tumi Mogorosi was also part of the Gauteng Jazz Orchestra which opened the stage for world- renowned American Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis during his 2011 premier of the Joy of Jazz. More remarkable is Tumi’s fresh and bold offering as a composer and leader on his debut CD, Project Elo, which was re-released in London by Jazzman Records 31 June 2014. Project Elo has also toured France in Dec 2014 and performed at the Trans Musicales Festival in Renne.

Within the project of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies Mogorosi works together with Kupakwashe Mtata.

RUI ASSUBUJI

Both a photographer and researcher on visual histories of Mozambique, Rui Assubuji is currently working in European archives. His academic base is the University of the Western Cape, Bellville/South Africa.

Apart from doing many photographic exhibition and international projects; Assubuji most recently edited the Kronos edition on Mozambique: Nationalism and Historiography (with Paolo Israel and Drew Thompson). You can find the TOC here.

Within the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Rui Assubuji is involved in the research of sub-project 1, “Narratives of Future in History“.

ACHIM VON OPPEN

Prof. Dr. Achim von Oppen is professor of History with special emphasis on the History of Africa at the University of Bayreuth. Geographically focusing on Eastern and Central Africa, his research interests include social, cultural and religious history in rural and urban contexts, history of space and history of knowledge. He is first director of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies as well as project leader of sub-project 1, “Narratives of Future in History“.

Among his publications are:

  1. (ed., with Silke Strickrodt): Religious biographies in Southern Africa. Thematic cluster in Journal of Southern African Studies, 2012
  1. (ed., with Ulrike Freitag): Translocality. The study of global processes from a southern perspective. (Studies in Global Social History, 4) Leiden: Brill
  1. (ed., with Beatrix Heintze), Angola on the Move / Angola em Movimento. Transport, Communications and History / Vias de Transporte, Communicação e História. Frankfurt/Main: Lembeck
  1. The painting and the pen. Approaches to Heinrich Barth and his African heritage” In: Mamadou Diawara, Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias und Gerd Spittler (eds.), Heinrich Barth et l’Afrique. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, pp. 105-132
  1. A place in the world. Markers of the local along the Upper Zambezi. In: Peter Probst and Gerd Spittler (eds.) Between Resistance and Expansion. Explorations of Local Vitality in Africa (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung, 18), Münster: LIT Verlag, pp. 175-192
  1. The Village as Territory. Enclosing Locality in Northwest Zambia, 1950s to 1990s. In: Journal of African History 47 (2006), 1, pp. 57-75
  1. (with Ulrike Freitag) Translokalität als ein Zugang zur Geschichte globaler Verflechtungen. In: Matthias Middell and Rüdiger Hohls (eds.), Fachforum
  1. Terms of Trade and Terms of Trust. The history amd contexts of pre-colonial market production on the Upper Zambezi and Kasai (ca. 1790-1910). (Studien zur Afrikanischen Geschichte, Bd.6). Münster: LIT-Verlag