KykNet Fiëstas 2015…

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Wednesday just before midnight we (my husband and I) arrived at the President Protea Hotel which was to become our ‘home’ for 2 nights.

Upon arrival we found these lovely chocolates in our room:

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Thursday morning all the nominees had a chance to practise their speech…just in case; and each one received a beautiful etching done by Diane Victor:

 

Diane Victor etching

Diane Victor etching

Afterwards we were treated to a lovely breakfast:

Benoemdes ontbytWe had the afternoon free…so we decided to explore Seapoint and I found some cool vintage clothing and goggles.

Eventually it was time to get ready for the evening:

croppedI made a rubber bow-tie for my husband…that is how far he will go when it comes to dressing up 😉 and I decided to wear the “Marie-Antoinette” wig with face paint and my rubber dress.  Apparently Marie-Antoinette is famous for the line: “Let them eat cake”…..but in this case: “Let them eat rubber”!

As it turns out I wasn’t the only one that likes dressing up!:

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These lovely people greeted the guests arriving on the blue carpet at the Artscape Theatre.  Inside we were greeted by a lady with a table as a dress, serving us some sparkling wine!

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And the winners are…………………….

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Congratulations to artist Gerhard Marx for winning in the “Best visual art” category.

Then there was the after-party!

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Thank you KykNet  and White-Rabbit-Productions for a wonderful evening!

Today is bittersweet

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Bets Taute and the dinosaurs

Bets Taute and the dinosaurs

Today the 16th of January would have been my mother’s birthday.  If she survived the car crash 19 years ago, she would have been 59.

I wish I could share the news with her that I have been nominated for a KykNet Fiesta 2015 award for my exhibition: Rubber ever after in the category for:” Best accomplishment in Visual Art”!!!!

This announcement was made last night: see here: http://kyknet.dstv.com/2015/01/15/vyfde-kyknet-fiestas-gaan-groot/

I am honoured to be nominated alongside fellow artists: Diek Grobler, Gerhard Marx and The Little Marionette Company!

So yes, today is kind of bittersweet …..but thanks for letting me share it with you.

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Experience

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Finally I managed to find the box with all the computer goodies.  You see we are in the process of moving and its chaos right here.

I would like to tell you about the amazing experience I had in Cape Town.  All the nominees for the Fiesta award were hosted in Cape Town (interesting since Table Mountain in Cape Town were nominated not so long ago as one of the 7 wonders of the world.-  I wonder if it is considered as a wonder now?)  during 22 and 23 March.  It was the first time in 20 years I set foot on an airplane- and I loved every second of it.  When I was little I wanted to be an air hostess- I am glad I didn’t become one, but it is still fun flying.

The first evening we (the nominees) had an informal dinner at the hotel.  We all received a beautiful artwork by Claudette Schreuders.  (I will post a picture as soon as I find the box containing my camera).  We all got a chance to make believe our speeches which was fun.  I wore this hat:

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My speech went like this:

Fooiep fooiep fooiep ( I made this sound while walking to the podium wearing my hat.)

At the podium I produced this sound: pfffrt (as if I am deflating)

“ek het hierdie hoed vir my gemaak sodat ek nie moet grootkop kry nie.

Ek is gewoond daaraan om prentjies te maak en nie te praat,

Maar wil graag dankie se aan die Kyknet span vir die geleentheid, my man-lief wat  kinders oppas en my seuntjie wat wil he mamma moet n boer word in plaas van n kunstenaar- mamma sal nog vir jou n trekker bou.

Dankie”

I had a lovely time meeting people and interesting conversations.

The next morning we had time to ourselves and I decided to walk to Long street (visiting all the bookstores and vintage clothing shops.)  Afterwards I walked to the Iziko South African Art Museum where I was lucky to see a Richard Long exhibition.  There was a ‘project room’ as part of his show where one were free to use all the rocks lying around to express your own feeling you had towards his work.  I used the rocks to spell the word:”verlang” which means missing- longing…also the “-lang” is a play on his surname: Long. (once again I will post pictures later when the camera is found). I had a blast.  Before I headed back to the hotel I sat and watched the squirrels in the Garden while eating an apple feeling like Eve.

The evening of the 23rd we all were transported to the Artscape theatre by bus.  For that event I wore an army helmet covered in small mirrors.  Someone asked me if there is a ‘meaning’ behind the hat I wore- which there is not except for the fact that I love dressing up from time to time.  Life is way too serious and I like having fun with clothes.  The Kyknet team managed to put up a great show.  It will be broadcasted on the DSTV KYKNET channel 111 on 1 March 2012 at 19h30.   Peet Pienaar did the set design which reminded me of our home since they used a lot of boxes.  David Kramer sang ‘Skipskop” my favorite Afrikaans song- the only one that have the ability to make me teary.  Mark Banks were hilarious.

Diane Victor walked away with the award in the visual arts category.  I truly admire her vision and passion.  How she is not afraid to use ‘awkward’ subject matter in her work with integrity.  Congratulations.

A work by Diane Victor

This was truly a remarkable experience- one I wont forget very soon.

 

Over the moon!

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January sure has been a very exciting month so far!

Not so long ago I received the wonderful news that my project: Lobotoy-me has won me a trip to this years Design Indaba.  Then I was informed that two rhino’s from Lobotoy-me’s collection will be included in the CCDI’s handmade collection which will be showcased at the Design Indaba 2012!

Recently I received an e-mail which stated that my exhibition “Skeidingsangs” at the KKNK 2011 was nominated for a Fiesta award in the category for best achievement in visual art.  That is why I am over the moon! I am bouncing off the clouds!

A friend once said that if you want something really bad, just ask for it and then forget about it.  I always yearned for such  recognition as above, but lately I have been so preoccupied that I forgot about that part of my ambition, until now.

Last year I received “The book of laughter and forgetting” by Milan Kundera from another dear friend.  I started reading it about a week ago.  Somehow I feel that everything is interconnected.  In this book I read about ‘Rhinoceros’ a play by Eugene Ionesco.  I never knew about it – my curiosity is triggered!  Especially since I read on Wikipedia that it belongs to the school of drama known as the ‘theatre of the absurd’, and according to the source it “explores the themes of conformity, culture, mass movements, philosophy and morality.”  Yum.

To return to the matter of laughter and forgetting-

I   will leave you with a quote from this book:

“…, laughter has no object; it is an expression of being rejoicing at being.  When moaning a person chains himself to immediate resent of his suffering body (and lies completely outside past and future), and in this ecstatic laughter he loses all memory, all desire, cries out to the immediate present of the world, and needs no other knowledge.”

 

p.s the text in the image above comes from the book: ” Sexing the cherry” by Jeanette Winterson