Exhibitions

Multimedia Projection
The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined

8 - 18 August 2017

Cape Town Civic Centre

Cape Town, South Africa

Free


Experience a large-scale digital installation featuring images, text and sound based on The African Choir’s first tour to Victorian England in 1891.

This ten minute projection with sound features two songs recreated by the composers Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi from an original nineteenth-century concert programme, along with eighteen photographic portraits of the choir members rediscovered in London at the Hulton Archive after 125 years.

Featuring songs composed and arranged by Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi. Curated by Renée Mussai.

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Acknowledgements

The African Choir 1891 Re-imagined digital projection is a collaboration between Autograph ABP and Tshisa Boys Productions, presented in association with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.

Curated by Renée Musasi and edited by Irene Fubara-Manuel at Autograph ABP.

The project is made possible with support by the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the University of the Western Cape, and City of Cape Town.

The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined was first shown at Autograph ABP, London (2016). This installation premieres in Cape Town at SANG, before travelling to Johannesburg to the Apartheid Museum and the FADA Gallery, where it will be hosted by the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD), University of Johannesburg. The audio CD was published by Autograph ABP and Tshisa Boys in July 2017.

Photographs were first exhibited in Black Chronicles II at Rivington Place, London (2014) presented in association with the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images. The accompanying Black Chronicles book will be published by Autograph ABP in partnership with Harvard University’s Hutchins Center (forthcoming Winter 2017).

Original curatorial research was made possible by Heritage Lottery Fund (UK) as part of Autograph ABP’s archive programme The Missing Chapter (2013–16), led by Renée Mussai. Autograph ABP is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

All Photographs: The African Choir by London Stereoscopic Company, 1891 Courtesy © Hulton Archive/Getty Images.  Printed by Mike Spry Darkroom in 2014.

All Songs © Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi. Sound recorded and mixed by Murray Anderson and Jethro Erick Harris at Milestone Studios, Cape Town. Footstomp mixed by Gavan Eckhart at Soul Fire Studios.

Special thanks to Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images; the fifteen vocal collaborators; Professor Tamar Garb; and picture researcher Jennifer Jeffries.

Additional Info

Address
Cape Town Civic Centre Main Concourse 2nd Floor
(adjacent to the Public Food Court)
12 Hertzog Boulevard
Cape Town 8000
South Africa

Hours and dates
Daily 8am - 5pm on the following dates:
8,10,11,14,15,16,17,18 August