The Brother Moves On / The Brother Burns the Bullion / 2014

About

The Brother Burns the Bullion

Presented by the Goodman Gallery for Art Week Joburg
20th August 2014

“The architecture of this work is rooted in the temporal. Every human problem must be considered from the standpoint of time. Ideally, the present will always contribute to the building of the future. And this future is not the future of the cosmos but rather the future of my century, my country, my existence. In no fashion should I undertake to prepare the world that will come later. I belong irreducible to my time.”
Frantz Fanon – Peau Noir, Masques Blanc
Introduction

A highlight of Art Week Joburg is the appearance of the performance art ensemble The Brother Moves On. The group’s sound has been described as “tradition-trouncing, trans-Atlantic, Afro-centric, futuristically ancient fusion that jack knifes between off-world spectral dub-metal, hyperrhythmic rock psychedelia, indie-township and astro-afro-free-jazz”.
This performance is the second installment of a work titled The Brother Breaks the Bullion first shown at Goethe on Main, at Arts on Main in 2013. Part two will be played out during art week in the parking lot of the Goodman Gallery, Rosebank. The performance is titled The Brother Burns the Bullion. This pyrotechnic collaboration will build on last year’s performance installation.
Taking its cue from Sun Ra (that other “Brother from another Planet”) the musicians embrace a multi-genre, multimedia aesthetic, challenging hip-hop’s five pillars: MCing, DJing, B-boying and graffiti writing. The mix has been critically boxed as “conceptechnic performance art” incorporating historical, political, and sociological perspectives. [See critique by ‘Stacey’ from Chimurenga Magazine]
Background
The mythology inherent in the work is derived from various scandals involving the passing off of the metal tungsten as gold. This has, in part, had dramatic effect on the gold market but for the Brother Moves On perhaps what is more compelling is that tungsten is similar to gold in its chemical make up so that during x-ray florescence tests tungsten appears to have the same make up as gold. As a result tungsten bars are being traded as gold bars calling an entire value system into question.
The economist Felix Salmon writes: “In the case of gold the amount of wealth that people think they have, which they don’t have could be truly enormous. If there are 1.3 million, 400 oz bars in existence and each one is 75% tungsten, then that makes 390 million ounces of gold which in truth isn’t there.”
The Brother Moves On is using this context, also, to reflect on the value and politics of the global art market.
Plot Part 1
The plot so far is an allegory of the sociopolitical present. The Brother Moves On explains as follows, “Once upon a time there was this vault filled with gold bullion. The townsfolk accused the vault minders of filling their gold bullions with tungsten and parading these as real. This places the issue of value in question. With the aid of performance art, sound and visual installations the Brother Breaks the Bullion presents a theatrical interrogation into the value we put into things, places and spaces.”
Plot Part 2
“We return to the bullion, this time with the knowledge that our value systems mean nothing in time. It’s a mental asylum devoid of the feminine, full of ninja’s and fake gold. We aim to burn what we document and need you to be the memory bank to which we will return in search of a sequel. If ‘space was the place’ of our last investigation, time is all we are interested in now — as we understand it is running out.”

In collaboration

1. Mafuta

Mafuta is an art collective comprised of artists Mr Fuzzy Slipperz (Lisolomzi Pikoli) and Nolan Oswald Dennis, a (South) African, born in Lusaka, Zambia. Working together on a project basis since 2008, the two have embarked on public art and murals in Cape Town for Infecting the City, and on installation in Braamfontein for the Trinity Sessions.

During this performance Mafuta will do improvisational drawing, and painting on card. Ultimately the work will reflect on the relationship between performer and documentation, mirroring the performative aspect of collaboration. Work with the physical object presents a process-based reflection on permanence and destruction.
This work builds on an ongoing collaboration between The Brother Moves On and Nolan Oswald Dennis, since 2012.

2. Projection: A room full of us

“Us” is a devised cast and director collaboration that follows the journeys of multiple women who grapple with the challenges of womanhood. The original performance happened at Goethe on Main in 2013 and will be projected for this performance.

3. Albert Silindokuhle IBOKWE Khoza

Albert Silindokuhle IBOKWE Khoza presents Influences of a Closet Chant. According to the artist, “The work explores the journey and challenges of otherness in the realm of sexuality. It explores the complexity of cultural connotations and denotations, societal prescription and expectations, and the issue of what constitutes gender and its roles, who defines it and for whom. It highlights the metaphysics of sexuality, carried in the metaphor of the closet, situating the individual’s choices against that which is biological and spiritual.”

Influences of a Closet Chant was performed in June 2014, in Luxembourg.

Music

The Brother Moves On will be accompanying the performance with original music and arrangements. These include Cinematic Orchestra, Madonsini, Izangoma zikaDabulamanzi, Zim Nqawana and Thandiswa Mazwai.

Credits

Curated and choreographed by Thantaswa May and Stuart Cairns

Directed by Siyabonga Mthembu

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