To celebrate Mandela Day on July 18th, The Space and Connect ZA have co-commissioned three new moving image artworks from six emerging, South African and British visual artists, animators and musicians, called ‘Mandela Day Shorts.’
This co-commission brings together a British and South African creative, one specialising in visual art or animation and one in music, to create an artwork between 90 seconds and 3 minutes in length.
‘Vividism’ is a collaboration between animator Konx-om-Pax (UK) and musician Spoek Mathambo (South Africa). Two additional works have been commissioned from Auntie Flo (UK), Esa Williams (UK), Kent Andreasen (South Africa) and Lebohang Kganye (South Africa).
Launched on the occasion of Mandela Day, the project aims to promote emerging creative talent and inspire cross-pollination between different art forms and cultures. We believe that through this process, mutual trust and understanding are built between the two countries. The artworks premiered on July 18th, 2014 simultaneously online at thespace.org and at The Arches (Glasgow, UK), with a live soundtrack by Auntie Flo, Esa Williams and Spoek Mathambo accompanied by his band Fantasma.