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ARTISTS ON AFRICA is an experimental series of podcasts and an attempt to contribute to content generation about Africa, from Africa from a different perspective. It spotlights the ways in which artists and their creative practices located in – or dislocated from – Africa define or redefine the parameters of what might constitute “African” – knowledge, narratives and experiences. It engages the artist as researcher and thinker, inventor, mentor and entrepreneur, as storyteller and translator and perhaps most importantly as expert and inspirer of new ideas.



The podcast takes the form of conversations – recorded via Skype or in person; featuring artists working across diverse disciplines –performance to animation, installation to writing, street art to sound, film to architecture and more. Each episode offers unique insights into the artists’ distinctive work, approaches and ideas and how they relate to knowledge and understanding of Africa as part of a global experience – past, present and future.



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ARTISTS ON AFRICA is an experimental series of podcasts and an attempt to contribute to content generation about Africa, from Africa from a different perspective. It spotlights the ways in which artists and their creative practices located in – or dislocated from – Africa define or redefine the parameters of what might constitute “African” – knowledge, narratives and experiences. It engages the artist as researcher and thinker, inventor, mentor and entrepreneur, as storyteller and translator and perhaps most importantly as expert and inspirer of new ideas.



The podcast takes the form of conversations – recorded via Skype or in person; featuring artists working across diverse disciplines –performance to animation, installation to writing, street art to sound, film to architecture and more. Each episode offers unique insights into the artists’ distinctive work, approaches and ideas and how they relate to knowledge and understanding of Africa as part of a global experience – past, present and future.



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    Episode 11: Rakotoarivony, Adrianintsoa & Adrianavalona on “Being African, Malagasy and other identity crises”

    Episode 11: Rakotoarivony, Adrianintsoa & Adrianavalona on “Being African, Malagasy and other identity crises”

    According to the world clock on my Apple Mac dashboard Antananarivo is found in Asia and not in Africa (Perhaps the Apple programmers reckoned Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean; so there).



    While Asian influence on the Malagasy genome, culture and habitat is undeniable (Apparently the Indonesians got to the island way before anyone else did), so is the imprint of the Bantu, Arabs and eventually Europeans. Madagascar is an inimitable melting pot; which geo-politically speaking is indeed African.

    But 400 km can be a long way from the mainland and so you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Malagasy naturally referring to herself as African. (No excuse for the heirs of Steve Jobs though)

    In this unusually short AOA episode (Don’t get used to it:), Tahina, Njaka and Taka deliberate (their) cultural identity (crises) from a Malagasy, African and global perspective.

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    Episode 10: Is’Art on “Moving(,) Elephants & Mora Mora”

    Episode 10: Is’Art on “Moving(,) Elephants & Mora Mora”

    In September 2014 Is’Art closed shop in Analakely, downtown Antananarivo, which had been its home since 2011 and where over 50 exhibitions have been hosted over just three and half years. Growing ambitions required a larger venue. Such was  found with some luck and the generous benefaction of Philippe and Delphine Andriantsitohaina who made available a now vacant launderette building, La Teinturerie.

    Substantial renovations were necessary (as you will see in this video). But the real challenge was not to get the 200 square metre space and courtyard area ready in only three weeks for the official launch on the 3rd of October 2014. Rather it’s building and maintaining a meeting point for artistic collaboration in the land of Mora Mora – slow slow. Learn more by listening.

    This episode features conversations with Is’Art‘s Tahina Rakotoarivony, Njaka Adrianintsoa, Taka Adrianavalona and Laza (RFC Festival Director).

    Performances on opening night by Alea des Possibles Circus, Dance Companies Rary and Asary, music by Olombelo Ricky, Moajia and Angaroa.

    The funky soundtrack for this episode comes from Social Fusion, a Malagasy musical collective, so says Njaka, in perpetual evolution.



    Providing the soundtrack for both this episode and the launch night at La Teinturerie was famous Olombelo Ricky…



    and long-term Is’Art associates Moajia.



    AngAroA’s Dizina music video is a wonderful collaboration, shot at “La Teinturerie” and, yes, the familiar looking character is Tahina himself.



     

    Useful Links

    Is’Art Galerie Homepage

    Is’Art on Facebook

    Njaka’s Facebook Page

    Taka’s Facebook Page

    Moajia Youtube Channel

    Angaroa Facebook Page

    Social Fusion Website

    Social Fusion Facebook Page

    Olombelo Ricky Facebook Page

    L’Alea des Possibles / Chapito Metisy

    Compagnie Rary

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    Episode 9: Rakotoarivony, Andrianintsoa, Raininoro, Andrianavalona on “(No) Infra_Structure for the Arts in Mada”

    Episode 9: Rakotoarivony, Andrianintsoa, Raininoro, Andrianavalona on “(No) Infra_Structure for the Arts in Mada”

    Part 2 about Is’Art Galerie and the art scene in Madagascar looks at the local art infrastructure, or rather the lack thereof: About how, for instance, it is possible to study art mediation (basically promotion of the arts) at the university in Antananarivo but how there is not one formal art school in the country – not for Fine Art, nor Graphic Design, Photography or Film Studies. About how the Alliance Française is represented an astonishing 29 times with offices across the island and yet exhibition spaces for local art(ists) are scarce. And about how  when local contemporary artworks are bought at all it is by expatriates.

    Hobisoa Raininoro from the Centre de Ressources des Arts Actuels de Madagascar located at the University of Antananarivo, Tahina Rakotoarivony of Is’Art Galerie, Njaka Andrianintsoa – illustrator, graphic designer and musician – and Taka Andrianavalona – artist and entrepreneur – speak about the realties of making art in a country that does not recognise its artists and what it takes to do it anyways.

     

    Useful Links

    Is’Art Galerie Homepage

    Is’Art on Facebook

    CRAAM – Centre de Ressources des Arts Actuels de Madagascar

    Njaka’s Facebook Page

    Njaka’s Band Moajia

    Taka’s Facebook Page

    Alliance Française in Madagascar

    Goethe Institut in Madagascar

     

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    Episode 8: Tahina Rakotoarivony on “The Beginnings of Is’Art Galerie”

    Episode 8: Tahina Rakotoarivony on “The Beginnings of Is’Art Galerie”

    Is’Art Galerie is the first and still one of the only places dedicated to local contemporary art in Madagascar. Then called ISA Atelier Galerie was founded in 1998 by Richard Razafindrakoto et Rafalimanana Ndremo. When Tahina Rakotoarivony returned to Antananarivo in 2008 after spending four years in France, he took over the reigns from his uncle and teacher. ISA Atelier Galerie moved from Ankadifotsy to the more central neighbourhood of Analekely and became Is’Art Galerie. In 2014 Is’Art Galerie embarked on yet a new chapter in its 16 year old history and moved into an old dry cleaners factory – La Teinturerie. The new warehouse-like premises have already housed a number of exhibitions, screenings, workshops, discussions and events, international resident artists and an international urban art festival.

    We will bring you the story of Is’Art and the ins and outs of the visual art world of Antananarivo in bite-size chunks, starting, where else, at the very beginning.

    This is part 1. Stay tuned for more.

     

    Useful Links

    Is’Art Galerie Homepage

    Is’Art on Facebook

    CRAAM – Centre de Ressources des Arts Actuels de Madagascar

     

    This episode was made possible with the support of

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    Episode 7: Laza on “A Cinema for Generation RFC”

    Episode 7: Laza on “A Cinema for Generation RFC”

    The long awaited second part of the conversation with Malagasy filmmaker, producer and RFC festival director Laza is finally here.

    What does it mean to be a full-time artist in a country that does not legally recognise them (No, seriously, the concept of artist as a profession does not exist)? How do you sustain a film festival amidst ongoing political instability and make people want to fund your project? How does an Island Continent break through the Franco-Anglophone barrier? And most importantly, how to watch film and change mentalities and why you need a cinema for that. You get answers to all of that AND as a special treat and as previously promised, this episode also features a selection of film clips from the RFC archive.

    Enjoy!

     

    And for those who prefer, here is the is the audio-only version of the podcast:



    Useful Links:

    Rencontres du Film Court (RFC) – Short Film Festival

    RFC on Facebook

    Interfilm Berlin

    The Pan African Federation of filmmakers FEPACI

    RFI article on this year’s RFC Festival

    Interview with Haminiaina Ratovoarivony at Cannes

     

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    Episode 6: Laza on “The Cinema of Génération RFC”

    Episode 6: Laza on “The Cinema of Génération RFC”

    Ten years ago nobody made movies in Madagascar. Then Malagasy filmmaker and producer Laza returned to Antanarivo and launched Rencontres du Film Court, an annual short film festival and series of workshops that has given rise to a new generation of young Malagasy filmmakers – Génération  RFC. Hundreds of fiction, documentary and animation films from this Indian Ocean island are now traveling the world and are changing the face of African cinema.

    In preparation for the 10th anniversary edition of the festival in 2015, Laza reflects on how far Malagasy filmmaking has come since Raymond Rajaonarivelo’s Tabataba won a price at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988. (For those who missed it then, we have included a link to the movie below)

    According to Laza, it is particularly in animation that today’s Génération RFC is finding a unique language to tell the many stories of Madagascar. We present this conversation to you in two parts. Stay tuned for part 2 for samples of some of these short films.

     

    And for those who prefer, here is the is the audio-only version of the podcast:



     

    We regret that we don’t have the capacity at this time to offer this podcast series with French subtitles.We are aware of the necessity and importance of doing so and would like to reassure our French speaking audience that plans to remedy this are afoot.

    Nous regrettons de ne pouvoir actuellement offrir une version de notre série de podcasts sous-titrée en français. Dans un futur proche nous remédierons à cette lacune. 

     

     

    Useful Links:

    http://www.rencontresdufilmcourt.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Rencontresdufilmcourt

    http://rozifilms.com

     

    Special thanks to Antoine Doyen for allowing us to use his beautiful photograph of Raymond Rajaonarivelo.

     

    Raymond Rajaonarivelo’s “Tabataba” (Rumour)



     

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