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Exhibition: The Bike Gang by Sam Hopkins & John Kamicha, Jan. 15 – 29 2017 @ Goethe Institut – Auditorium
Exhibition Dates: January 17-29, 2017
Perhaps one of the unforeseen consequences of Nairobi’s recent urban transformations has been the emergence of a bicycle subculture. To choose be a biker, as with any subculture, means to adopt an identity, a sense of belonging that runs counter to traditional, inherited identities such as gender or ethnicity. Nevertheless, whilst biking, and other subcultures, seem autonomous from traditional institutions of power, as a means of self-expression they are closely wedded to global capitalism, for which subcultures are simply another form of profit.
Over the last two years Sam Hopkins and John Kamicha worked with strategies of collective filmmaking and collaborative re-enactment to explore what biking means for a group of bikers from Githurai. Here, cycling is less about keeping healthy or about getting from A to B and more about excess, a tendency distilled in the practice of hanging: cycling in the slipstream of trucks on the highway. The Bike Gang is a video installation that situates these moments of extreme athletic prowess within the deeper existential project of this subculture.
For the opening of the exhibition we will embark on a short group ride within Nairobi, so come with your bike.
Admission is free. #BikeGang
Future Europe, Visions in Time: Discussion on Europe’s Future & DJ Set, Dec. 16 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
“The best future for Europe is no Europe.” (Vaginal Davis)
Struck by crisis, with racism and islamophobia on the rise and growing tensions between European nation states, Europe’s future and past seem to have lost their direction. In a moment of re-negotiation of history, identity and future there is a backlash into nationalistic nostalgia while new ideas of moving beyond capitalistic neo-colonial national states are amiss.
How can a future Europe, a future European identity look like? A Europe that constitutes itself in acknowledgement of its colonial past and globalised capitalistic present, instead of seeking refuge in overcome ideas?
These are problems and questions that shall be discussed in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time which will open in early 2017 in Nairobi. Based on the ideas of FAVT, the discussion’s title FEVT – Future Europe Visions in Time provides some fundamental questions in itself: What is Future? Who’s Future? What is Europe? Which visions are there and how did they change over time? Furthermore the exhibition conceptualises future as something linked to the past and was seeking ways how past and future can be re-connected and negotiated – for example through Optimizing, Destabilizing, Healing and Remembering or Intervening. Not focusing merely on Europe but on a Europe in relation to a world shaped by imperialist and racist policies, FEVT shall offer a platform to intervene in narrations by and about Europe as well as to talk about the ghosts of Imperialist Europe that haunt Nairobi, Kenya and the continent until today.
Turning the focus around and looking from Nairobi at Europe, the Goethe-Institut Kenya and the Worlds Loudest Library invite you to an evening of inspiring discussions, backed-up by a DJ-set by DJ Zontor, a bar and of course the usual book swap.
In cooperation with the World’s Loudest Library – WLL.
Book Launch: Parliament of Owls – A Collection of Poems by Adipo Sidang’, Nov. 17 2016 @ Goethe Institut
A collection of Poems by Adipo Sidang’
Parliament of Owls, published under the Contact Zones Series established by the Goethe-Institut Kenya and Native Intelligence, is a collection of poems by Adipo Sidang’ one of the most talented Kenyan poets of his generation. In the words of Tony Mochama (writer), “Parliament of Owls heralds the arrival of a new emperor on the African poetry scene … and this emperor, Adipo Sidang’, is hooting the naked truth”.
– The collection of poems will be discussed by Dr. Tom Odhiambo (literary critic) and Khainga O’Okwemba (poet and journalist).
Unmasking the United Nation’s Culture of Cover-ups, Corruption and Impunity. By Rasna Warah.
In a world experiencing increasing conflicts, terrorism and displacement, many people are wondering what the United Nations – the organisation established in 1945 to save future generations from the scourge of war – should do or could have done to prevent the disasters from escalating.
UNsilenced shows that contrary to expectation, the UN has remained a bystander in many of the conflicts and most peace-building efforts have failed miserably. UNsilenced describes how whistleblowers have been denied justice within the UN system and how the immunity accorded to UN officials, combined with other malpractices within the organisation, allows injustice to flourish.
The book will be discussed by John Githongo, Billy Kahora, Kwamchetsi Makokha and the author Rasna Warah.
Discussion: The Financial Potential of Kenya’s Music Industry, Sept. 28 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
The Goethe-Institut Kenya together with the pan-African music portal Music In Africa will be hosting two panel discussions titled ‘Music Policy in Kenya’ and ‘Kenyan Music’s contribution to the economy’.
The second discussion will bring together panelist from key segments of the industry to explore the commercial potential of Kenyan music, realities, challenges, opportunities and industry’s contribution to the Kenyan economy.
Our panelists will be:
Mike Strano: Founder, Phat! Entertainment
Tim Rimbui: Producer & Founder Waabeh.com
June Gachui: Artist and IP Lawyer
George Gachara: Managing Partner HEVA Fund
Music In Africa is an initiative by the Goethe-Institut together with the Siemens Stiftung and partners from across Africa.
Admission is free.
Screening: Lusophone Film Fest. meets NY Portuguese Short Film Festival, Sept. 24 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
The eighteenth edition of the Lusophone Film Fest Nairobi will see us partnering with the Arte Institute to showcase this year’s selection of the New York Portuguese Film Festival. The session will be on the 24-September as of 5pm at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi and we will screen 10 shorts:
– That’s how it was (Pronto, era assim) by Patrícia Rodrigues and Joana Nogueira
– God Will Provide (Deus Providencirá) by Luís Porto
– My River (Tenho um rio) by Ricardo Teixeira
– Law of Gravity (Lei da Gravidade) by Tiago Rosa-Rosso
– Feral by Daniel Sousa [Guest Short Film]
– Isa by Patricia Vidal Delgado
– The Robbery (Assalto) by João Tempera
– I’d Rather Not Say (Prefiro não dizer) by Pedro Augusto Almeida
– #Lingo by Vicente Nirō
– The Carnations and the Rock (Os Cravos e a Rocha) by Luísa Sequeira [Guest Short Film]
Recognised with international awards at film festivals around the globe, the cinema from the Portuguese-speaking world is still mostly unknown to the general public. This 240 million people linguistic community is a thriving one, promoting over 80 film festivals and cinema awards every year, with movies mostly consumed in the respective countries.
The Lusophone Film Fest is a showcase of the diversity of film production in the eight Portuguese-speaking countries spread across 4 continents. The festival presents multiple works (documentaries, animations, shorts and feature films), in sessions of several films from the different countries.
The mission of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival is to bring Portuguese culture to the big screen and showcase films with a unique Portuguese perspective. The NYPSFF offers a contemporary Portugal full of ideas and spirit while bridging audiences with different cultural background.