Remains, Waste & Metonymy: A Critical Intervention into Art/Scholarship, Jan. 18 – Feb. 18 2016 @ National Museums of Kenya

Remains, Waste and Metonymy
Remains, Waste and Metonymy: A critical intervention into art/scholarship. Curated by Neo Musangi and Joost Fontein.

Opening: January 22, 2016 from 6 pm

Dates: 18 January – 18 February 2016
Venue: National Museums of Kenya, Museum Hill Road
Entry: Museums Rates Apply

This exhibition carries the remnants of an event held at the BIEA in Nairobi on 24th October 2015, entitled Remains, Waste and Metonymy: A critical intervention into art/scholarship. That event sought to provoke new avenues of collaboration between artists, scholars and other cultural producers around the themes of waste, remains and metonymy.

The unifying question bringing the interventions traced here together is how an approach to stuff as incomplete, open-ended and emergent can offer critical scrutiny to the assumed finality, stability and comfort of ‘objects’, ‘persons’ and landscapes. Always ‘in the making’ remains and waste often appear like unfinished biographies, metaphors, symbols or narrations that promise but rarely deliver entirely coherent meanings, bounded entities and stable wholes. Their indeterminacy can be creatively explored to reveal the excessive multiplicities of time, substance and space.

In exhibiting the remnants of these interventions here, we seek to reflect on how the traces of events outlive their particular moments, mirroring how our approach emphasizes process than product, emergence rather than finality, the subjunctive rather than the conditional, and the possible rather than the certain. In bringing together a diversity of critical intellectualisms we seek to provoke longer explorations of the uneasy yet creative analytical space between scholarship and the arts around the themes of materiality and temporality.

Sponsored by British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA)

January 18, 2016 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Nairobi Restaurant Week 2016, Jan. 28 – Feb. 7 2016 @ Participating Outlets

NRW 2016
Dates: January 28 – February 7, 2016
Venues: Participating Outlets
Costs: KES 1,500 – 2,500

Nairobi’s finest restaurants will be designing special 3 course menus for KES 1500 / KES 2500 depending on the establishment. 2 course lunch menus will also be on offer at most restaurants at Ksh 1000 / Ksh 1800.

This year’s menus will be specially paired with wines from Nederburg, South Africa.

For more information, visit

January 7, 2016 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Street Art Festival: Wall to Mall, Feb. 13-21 2016 @ the Village Market

Wall to Mall
Dates: February 13-21, 2016
Venue: the Village Market

February 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz Brunch, Feb. 7 2016 @ Lord Erroll

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‘Sunday Jazz Brunch’ – an afternoon of classic brunch treats, cocktails and live jazz by the Jacob Asiyo Quintet.

Welcome cocktails on offer and children under 7 years dine for free!

#NRW2016 menu will be available too.

See you Sunday!

February 3, 2016 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

The Economics of Elections in Somaliland, Feb. 9 2016 @ Rift Valley Institute – Nairobi

Economics of Election in Somaliland
Date: Tuesday, February 9 2016
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, Seminar Room
Location: Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 2pm-4pm

Entrance is by prior registration only

On 9 February 2016, the Rift Valley Institute’s Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion launching the report of the study The Economics of Elections in Somaliland: The financing of political parties and candidates. After the November 2012 elections in Somaliland, candidates, political parties and political associations reported that spending on individual campaigns had sharply increased relative to spending in previous polls. Voters, politicians and parties expressed concern that the high cost of campaigning threatens the integrity of a fledgling electoral system. In response to these concerns, researchers working with the Rift Valley Institute conducted a study to examine sources of income and expenditures by candidates and political parties in Somaliland’s 2005 parliamentary and 2012 local council elections. The study’s findings have important implications for campaign finance regulation in Somaliland.

Moderator: Cedric Barnes, International Crisis Group

Panellists: Adan Abokor, Rift Valley Institute; Aly Verjee, Rift Valley Institute; Haroon Yusuf, Soradi and Amina Warsame, Network Against FGM In Somaliland

February 3, 2016 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

Lingerie Fashion Show, Feb. 12 2016 @ Sarova Panafric – Pool Garden

Lingerie Show
Date: February 12, 2016
Venue: Sarova Panafric – Pool Garden
Time: from 6.30 pm
Tickets: KES 2000 PP

Hosted by Wahu and Nameless
DJ D-Lite on the Decks

February 3, 2016 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Festival: Art at the Bus Weekend, Feb. 5-7 2016 @ the Bus

Dates: February 5-7, 2016
Venue: The Bus/The Alchemist Bar, Westlands
Tickets: KES 1000 for 3 days

Find more information on their Facebook event page

February 3, 2016 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Night Out! Thursday Nite Live Ft. Red Acapella, Feb. 11 2016 @ Choices – Baricho Road

TNL@C Red Acapella FEB 11th 2016
Date: February 11, 2016
Venue: Choices – Baricho Road
Time: 8-11 pm
No Cover Charge

February 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Panel Discussion & Reception: Remains, Waste and Metonymy, Feb. 9 2016 @ National Museums of Kenya

Panel Remains Waste Feb. 9
Date: February 9, 2016
Venue: National Museums of Kenya
Time: 6:30-8 pm

Moderated by Tom Vandas

Panelists: Joost Fontein, Sam Pfingst and Neo Musangi
Free Entry

February 2, 2016 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

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