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Christian Nyampeta

This Time Tomorrow: Radio Play as Lo-Fi Futurism
23–28 August 2021

Sometimes It Was Beautiful, 2018, film still, color, sound, 37 min. Photo: courtesy of artist

Course format

Online only

Teaching Language

What to bring
Computer/laptop with camera, microphone and keyboard, headphones, research questions / material.

Willing to work in groups.

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
€ 420,– (€ 360,–)

The title of the course is This Time Tomorrow: Radio Play as Lo-Fi Futurism, after a play of the same name by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. The course is conceived as an open workshop, in the sense that it will be a process of rehearsal and playback, editing, reviewing, re-writing, remixing, etc, towards an audio-visual play.

The process will facilitate the assembly of a collaboratorium, with practices ranging from writing, scenography, performance, fashion, graphics and more. The course is open to practitioners working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, etc. Each participant will produce their own output, in concert with the output of their fellow-participants. The course is an invitation to take part in generating cultural montages by inhabiting each other’s works. Each output will be at the service of the collaboratorium. For example, a participant’s (image of a) painting can become a prompt, script, background or prop for another participant’s own performance. This approach is a reflection on the post-independence conditions under which the works of reference emerged, borne of an insistence on the role of culture in the struggle for justice and liberation. The course suggests that these enduring historical conditions mirror and, in some ways, inform the rapidly changing contexts of the present moment. As such, in the course, “output” is preferred because the process has priority over “outcomes.” The course is an iteration of École du soir, The Evening School, which draws from the legacies of militant cinema and its modes of assembling contradictions and suspending antagonism. I envision that the work-week will unfold like a distributed and situated film-set.

Christian Nyampeta organises programmes, exhibitions, screenings, performances, pedagogical experiments and publications, conceived as hosting structures for collective feeling, cooperative thinking, and mutual action, with the support of and alongside a chorus of fellow-artists, institutions and networks. Recent activities include collective iterations of École du soir at SculptureCenter in New York, at e-flux Film & Video, and at Keleketla! Library, alongside other spaces of learning and sites of knowledge production and speculation in Johannesburg. Nyampeta was awarded The 2019 Art Prize Future of Europe at the Museum of Contemporary Art (GfZK) in Leipzig, and the European Union Prize at the 12th Bamako Encounters – African Biennial of Photography.

Solo exhibitions
2021 Christian Nyampeta: Sometimes It Was Beautiful, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side, New York, NY (US). 2019 Christian Nyampeta: École du soir (The Evening Academy), SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York, NY. Christian Nyampeta: A Flower Garden of All Kinds of Loveliness Without Sorrow, Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (GfZK), Leipzig (DE); Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL). 2018 Christian Nyampeta: In the Meantime, Artspeak, Vancouver, British Columbia (CA). 2017 Christian Nyampeta: Words After the World, Camden Arts Centre, London. 2016 Christian Nyampeta: Entering From The Inside, Netwerk / center for contemporary art, Aalst (BE). 2014 Communal Knowledge,The Showroom, Marylebone, London.

Group exhibitions
2020 Not Fully Human, Not Human at All, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg (DE). Risquons-Tout, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels. WiR | WE, Christine König Galerie, Vienna. Utters Excess in Between, State of Concept, Athens. 2019 Sites of the Future, Tensta Konsthall, Spanga (SE). Haunt, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane (AU). 2018 Snart nog: Konst och handling, Tensta Konsthall, Spanga (SE). 2017 That, Around Which The Universe Revolves - Chapter V: Berlin, SAVVY Contemporary, Wedding, Berlin. Jerwood Staging Series, Jerwood Visual Arts, Bankside, London. 2016 The Peculiar People, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (UK).
Portrait photo Christian Nyampeta
Time Zones, Still aus dem Musikvideo von dem Album An Evening with Christian Nyampeta, Radius Records, 2020.