no bricks, no roof, no walls, no white, no office, no staff, no lights
From July till October 2016, Kunsthalle3000 was located on Beyers Naudé Square in the heart of Johannesburg, a square that is strongly connected with political and social protest in the city's history.
Kunsthalle3000 was located right in front of the public library where a field marked by missing cobblestones became the host for free education, meditative journeys, edebile poems and alchemy by:
Tremor was the very first performance by the newly formed collective Uluntu Symbiosis (Zakara Raitt, Siya Ngcobo & Llewelleyn Mnguni) bringing together elements of contemporary dance, music and sculpture.
September 7, 2–4pm
The 8 Holes
Public exhibition of a workshop with students from the Wits School of Arts (with Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Dineo Diphofa, Malebona Maphutse, Boitumelo Motau, Sabica Pardesi, Chris Soal, Maren Du Plessis, Gemma Hart). Image: Work by Boitumelo Motau
September 17, 11am
MerKaBa for the Hoeteps
A meditative journey into Kemetic wisdom to awaken your light beings and reclaim your hoetep powers. In our times of ultra disconnection, ancient African teachings offer guidance to raise our vibrational frequency and tune into our energy source. The spiritual technology of Kemetic Yoga enable us to reconnect, remember and nurture our divine juice. Come turn your MerKaBa on.
September 23, 3pm
Poem for shrink wrapped fruit & veggies
(…) Then little by little start giving away the poem, document few people holding parts of the poem, maybe even eating parts of the poem. The poem is being eaten, consumed, taken away (…)
October 8, 7:30am
Hard surfaces get pierced too.
A message has been stamped on all hard surfaces to be found in and around Kunsthalle3000. Speaking in multiple languages, this is also a silent intervention and quiet invitation for a community engaged daily in processes of change and exchange to ruminate on what limits in the possibility to create change might be.
October 1, 11am
A demonstration of a thick, winter jacket, sourced from a trader across the road, that can be worn at night and on cold days. On hot days, the jacket can unfold into a camouflaged brick surface that fits perfectly into the hole; hidden, to be retrieved again that night.
October 25, 1pm
Your Alchemy Your Jo'burg
A monument has been created for the City of Gold: Come get your gold on, Jo'burg style. We will be practicing a bit of alchemy.
October 28, 6pm
Chapter F: The Free School For Art and other Necessary 'Fings (until Fees Fall)
In times of student protests and closed universities caused by raising fees, Donna Kukama launched "The Free School for Art and other Necessary 'Fings' (until Fees Fall)": The school will open monthly in various locations (to be announced) until the dream of free quality decolonized education in our lifetime becomes a reality!
October 30, 7am
Burial of the Kunsthalle3000 Time Capsule
A Time Capsule was buried on Beyers Naudé Square: "NOT TO BE OPENED UNTIL OCTOBER 30, OF THE YEAR 3000. IF THIS TIME CAPSULE UNEARTHED, PLEASE RE-BURY THE TIME CAPSULE AT THE NEAREST CONVENIENT LOCATION, LEAVING THE TIME CAPSULE UNOPENED."
… 1 year later
A literal closure of public space: While the former Kunsthalle3000 got filled with bricks, the area around the Public Library got fenced in to prevent skateboarding and loitering. Fences are a big whoop in SA!