Tickets including an exclusive limited access performance by Gregory Maqoma:
If you missed out on the Gregory Maqoma Performance Tickets or would like to purchase alternative tickets, please make your selection below:
Sunday – 03.09.2023:
10am to 6pm
Centre for the Less Good Idea
Arts on Main
264 Fox Street &, Berea Road
Maboneng, Johannesburg, 2094
An Art & Culture, weekend-long immersion – The BMW Art Generation, proudly supported by FNB brings celebrated and established artists, curators and academics into the same room as an emerging generation of future greats for a conference of global creative thought on African soil. Featuring field leaders, the weekend’s conversations will span themes including artistic practices relevant to our ecosystem, collection as cultural ownership, as well curation as a tool to recreate narratives.
Programming will be further activated through a selection of curated open studios, performances, live music as well as a lifestyle market featuring food, coffee, wine, design and fashion stalls demonstrating Johannesburg’s reach as the continent’s cultural capital.
Located in central Johannesburg, Th BMW Art Generation will be hosted at The Centre for the Less Good Idea. A space conceptualized by William Kentridge to pursue incidental discoveries made in the process of producing working, the space prioritises process as a resource. Extending this premise to The BMW Art Generation, we aim to explore the unforeseeable future of contemporary African art by allowing discourse and discovery through conversations that usually take place in abstract of our continent.
The unerasable archive
Consider history as everything, all at once at the same time. Whether recent or forgone, past archival practices used to record histories have presented them as singular, life altering events that erased integral black, femme, queer and atypical contributors. Addressing the gaps as a means of regenerating hope while decentralising Western narratives as holistic absolute truths; one of the most urgent and recent functions of contemporary African and diasporic art has been flooding the archive.
A recognition of the cross-generational, multidisciplinary and continent wide edit employing speculative fiction, fluid temporalities, ethereal sources and indigenous mythology, The unerasable archive speaks back to the past while addressing our present and informing our futures. Embodied within practice this framework’s understanding of the archive does not begin and end with safekept documents or codified histories but embraces the fluidity of African tradition to seep into classrooms, constitutions, galleries, social media, Web 3.0 and algorithms.
How does practice as praxis inform the way we write & record and make seen our own histories?
3 September 2023
10:00am – 11:30am
Patronage and practice
A curator and published academic, Dr. Thomas Girst has spent the last two decades championing patronage as the BMW Group’s Global Head of Cultural Engagement. Demonstrating a luxury charged with cultural responsibility, BMW is consistent with its investment.
In an industry where market trends can influence an artist’s navigation, the potential to make and distribute work for the sake of having an income is high. A means to avoid compromise and honour the work, patronage protects practice.
With brands increasingly turning to artists as collaborators we explore the idea of corporate patronage as a means to connect brands to people and foster relevance: an indication of arts enduring position within contemporary culture.
3 September 2023
13:00pm – 14:00pm
The Elusive Metropolis /Johannesburg
Cameroonian historian and political theorist Achille Mbembe and South African Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies Sarah Nuttall’s book Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis (2008) is described as “a pioneering effort to insert South Africa’s largest city into urban theory, on its own terms. The authors write: Johannesburg is Africa’s premier metropolis. Yet theories of urbanization have cast it as an emblem of irresolvable crisis, the spatial embodiment of unequal economic relations and segregationist policies, and a city that responds to but does not contribute to modernity on the global scale.
Drawing on themes from Mbembe and Nuttall’s essays interrogating life in Africa’s economic and cultural hub, Afropolis examines the dialogue created between the city and its people. Those creating art, those making and eking out a living and those passing through it.
Johannesburg is a metropolis in which its people are in a constant state of flux; between balancing a sense of allure against that of strife. For artists, the city is often materially linked to their practice, making materiality an intersectional component to production. Materials, subject, and space are used to make sense of identity and place-making within the sprawling city.
For the curators, these works seek to address and reconcile life in the city by challenging the reactionary prose attributed to it by Mbembe and Nuttall.
Ideas of migration and convergence are explored through tactile forms, the landscape and the people who occupy it is seen in both paintings and photography with performance enlivening realities. Positioned as a portrait of Johannesburg, this is a prompt to engage life, feelings and reality in The Elusive Metropolis.
3 September 2023
16:00PM – 17:30PM
All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind.
When we are living within the cycles of nature, we are healed; to live this authentic truth, interconnection and communication with the natural world is imperative. When we tell these stories, they begin with the knowledge that we have been here since time immemorial. We are of the Earth. We are formed with and by the land, waters, plants, animals. Our understandings of this place are deeply rooted in our Ancestral knowledge. Though our relationship with land has been interrupted, we have always been here.
3 September 2023
12:00pm & 14:00pm
Collection tour of Anglo American
144 Oxford Rd, Rosebank
8 September 2023
The Anglo American art and object collection is a combination of art collected over several decades through four different companies: Anglo American, de Beers Group, Anglo American Platinum and Kumba Iron Ore.
The collection comprises of 3600 works, with around 1000 pieces in the collection on display at the newly commissioned Rosebank offices. Although vast, the collection experienced an acquisition hiatus from the early 2000s until 2021 creating a significant gap in the collection’s representation of contemporary art. The collection now has a dedicated curator, Megan Scott, tasked with its cataloguing and digitisation, opening an exciting new chapter which will see the gradual procurement of significant works that reflect our contemporary South African and African art world.