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Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now - Chapter Two



Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now - Chapter Two

Virtual Exhibition 28 MAY - 28 JULY 2020

“Sarie, loving, loving child. Listen. I am what you can become, and you are what I want to become.” Eva Stellaris in Swart ster oor die Karoo by Jan Rabie, 1957. (Translated from the original Afrikaans)

The project, which investigates the relationship between man and the universe, with a complete presentation (consisting of three chapters) already scheduled, is now redefined due to the pandemic and presents the second chapter here in a virtual setting. In this second part, Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now, a project/archive by Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler accentuates the reflection on the human attempt to exist through time and matter, bringing these elements back, now in an even more articulated way, again with reference to Afrikaans science fiction novels. The two main books cited in this chapter, Swart Ster oor die Karoo (1957) by Jan Rabie, and Loeloeraai (1923) by CJ Langenhoven, presents worlds to preserve and aliens to relate to, it resonates in the present and infects our interpretation of reality.

Link to the exhibition and reminder service here

A collaboration between Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler. Curator Filippo Maggia. Sound compositions Alessandro Gigli. Scientific team Mattia Vaccari, Lucia Marchetti and Michelle Cluver from Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of the Western Cape. Consultant Davide Chinigò


Date: Da Thursday, May 28, 2020 a Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Pretoria

In collaboration with : Consolato d'Italia a Cape Town, National Research Foundation, University of the Western Cape

Entrance : Free